Waterfall To Confluence


The normally run section of Daisy Creek (not to be confused with the upper section) starts below a lovely but not runnable waterfall.  If you have a good 4WD car, cross the Slate, drive up the road to an overlook where you can see the 40 foot waterfall and hike down to its base.  The run starts here and ends at the confluence with the Slate.  Frequently, people continue on for another 2 miles down the Slate.  There is no gauge on this run, but the Slate can be used as a reference point.  This run is easier than OBJ, but offers a taste of the slides and waterfalls this area is famous for.  A few years ago, the wood that gives Big Wood falls its name got blown out and lowered the pool.  Be cautious of the shalllow pool here on river right.  This has caused injuries in the past.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Daisy Creek are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09081000, the Roaring Fork River Near Emma Remember only watercraft are permitted at Waterfall to Confluence.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
1,520 cfs 5.9 ft
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
251 cfs 4.2 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
1,840 cfs 3.3 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
49 cfs 2.8 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
375 cfs 3.1 ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
344 cfs 2.4 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
4 cfs 1.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
2" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
1" 1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
Aspen Highlands 0" 63° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 63° 0"
Aspen Mountain 0" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Castle Creek 366.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+