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
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
31 cfs 1.2 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
14 cfs 0.5 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
217 cfs 1.1 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
63 cfs 0.7 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
66 cfs 2.6 ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
43 cfs 1.3 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085100
1,190 cfs 3.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
3" 0"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
5" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
7" 0"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
0.47" 0.22"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
12" -2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
7" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
2" 0"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
16" 0"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
4.07" 3.6"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
0.77" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
5" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
11" 0"
silverton 0.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SJ-4
0.07" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
12" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
1" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
35" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
3" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
16" 1"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
6" 1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
11.25" 2.14"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
3.49" 2.71"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
2" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.06" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
3" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
7.02" 3.19"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
14" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
6" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
17" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.78" 0.46"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
2" -1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
0.47" 0.22"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Mountain 16" 42° 0"
Snowmass 0" 42° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 42° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 6" 40° 0"
Aspen Highlands 0" 42° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 3" 47° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1190.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Waterfall to Confluence 248.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 887.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Barrel Springs 887.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Bogan Canyon 62.6cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1190.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Barrel Springs 887.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Crystal Mill Falls 62.6cfs None Mi V- to V
Avalanche Down 62.6cfs 12.0 Mi III
Oh Be Joyful 217.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 887.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 248.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 887.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Castle Creek 97.8cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-