Upper Blue (Blue River Cg To Columbine Landing)


Because of the many streams and rivers flowing in between the start of this section and Breckonridge (as well as Dillon Reservoir controlling flows), this part of the Blue can be run more reliably.  This is a short technical section where the Blue drops through a small gorge.  The gorge is where the actual harder whitewater is (class III/IV).  The rest of the run is mainly a class II fishing stream (especially if you put in above the Blue River Campground).

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Blue River are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 2,200cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07086000, the Arkansas River At Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
1st Canyon
Class I
2nd Canyon
Class I
All Day Wave
Class I

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
646 cfs 4.6 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
10 cfs 2.3 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
0 cfs 0.1 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
39 cfs 4.4 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 5.0 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.8 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
4 cfs 3.6 ft
Illinois Creek Near Rand
USGS 06617500
5 cfs 1.0 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
6 cfs 4.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Beaver Creek Unti - Hot Sulphur State Wildlife Area 10 7,592 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Sawmill Gulch 5 8,482 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 1" 51° 0"
Loveland 1" 51° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 0" 61° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 64° 0"
Keystone Resort 1" 59° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 103.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Gore Canyon 646.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Snake 21.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 39.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-