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 Below Lake Granby
USGS 09019000
21 cfs 3.2 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
7 cfs 3.0 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
10 cfs 2.9 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 5.0 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
97 cfs 3.6 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
32 cfs 2.9 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
2 cfs 3.1 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
65 cfs 2.6 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
48 cfs 4.3 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
4" 1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" 1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
3" 1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
3" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
15" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
5" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
12" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
6" 1"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.23" -1.1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
3" -1"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.34" -1.21"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" 1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
3" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
1" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
2" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
3" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
5" 1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 2"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
1" 2"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" 1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
14" 1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
1.39" -0.33"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
2" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
7" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
8" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
5" 3"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
1" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
11" 10"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Sawmill Gulch 5 8,482 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Beaver Creek Unti - Hot Sulphur State Wildlife Area 10 7,592 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper -182" 44° 0.22"
Vail 1" 46° 1.2"
Arapahoe Basin 8" 35° 0.59"
Keystone Resort 3" 45° 0.25"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Loveland 8" 35° 0.59"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 3" 44° 1.44"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 119.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 130.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 41.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Gore Canyon 716.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Snake 21.1cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 9.8cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 57.1cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+