Ssv - Confluence To Picnic Grounds

READ THIS FIRST: SSV was heavily impacted by the Colorado floods of 2013.  The entire riverbed was rearranged in many sections. The banks are very unstable in some sections, and rapids are expected to shift as the water levels come back up.  Scout carefully and often!  2016 update: Most people are running the section from the narrows through 1 in 5 as it's currently the cleanest and least hazard free.  The main section as it's described in the Rapids section has been largely damaged and is full of hazards and marginal lines.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Saint Vrain, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 400cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06724000, the St. Vrain Creek At Lyons Remember only watercraft are permitted at SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Bear Creek At Mouth
USGS 06711500
83 cfs 3.1 ft
Sand Creek At Colorado-Wyoming State Line
USGS 06659580
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Harvard Gulch At Harvard Park
USGS 06711575
5 cfs 10.5 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
81 cfs 1.9 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Bear Creek Above Evergreen
USGS 06710385
95 cfs 5.0 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
111 cfs 5.3 ft
So. Platte R. Blw Brush Cr. Nr Trumbull Co
USGS 06701900
346 cfs 3.9 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
21 cfs 5.6 ft
West Cr. Abv Shrewsbury Gulch Nr Westcreek Co
USGS 06701700
6 cfs 5.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hayden Pass
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Peaceful Valley 17 8,552 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Kelly Dahl 46 8,615 ft
Cold Springs 38 9,331 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Aspen Meadow - Golden Gate Canyon State Park 35 9,000 ft
Camp Dick 41 8,716 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 0" 64° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Echo Mountain Park 0" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 270.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 82.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 12.4cfs None Mi IV- to V-
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Main Section 57.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 681.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 288.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 270.0cfs None Mi II
Rustic (Upper) 749.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Upper North Fork 74.5cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper Clear Creek 288.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Lower North Fork 749.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
Middle Narrows 749.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 749.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Golden Whitewater Park 140.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+