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
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
36 cfs 1.3 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
223 cfs 2.2 ft
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
739 cfs 4.0 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
140 cfs 2.6 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
264 cfs 1.8 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
48 cfs 2.5 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
55 cfs 4.7 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
14 cfs 2.3 ft
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
28 cfs 0.7 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
452 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Beaver Creek Unti - Hot Sulphur State Wildlife Area 10 7,592 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Sawmill Gulch 5 8,482 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Loveland 57" 54° 21.7"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
Arapahoe Basin 57" 54° 21.7"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 57" 47° 6.06"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
Keystone Resort 36" 60° 24.66"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 17.23"
Vail 40" 62° 12.35"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-