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
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
56 cfs 0.9 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.4 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
43 cfs 5.0 ft
Colorado River Near Granby
USGS 09019500
30 cfs 1.1 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
20 cfs 1.4 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
6 cfs 2.3 ft
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
4 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
51" -4"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Sawmill Gulch 5 8,482 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Beaver Creek Unti - Hot Sulphur State Wildlife Area 10 7,592 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Keystone Resort 39" 27° 12.48"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Arapahoe Basin 60" 18° 10.29"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 42" 26° 11.52"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Loveland 60" 18° 10.29"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 853.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-