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
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
21 cfs 1.1 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
267 cfs 2.0 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
144 cfs 3.2 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
435 cfs 1.3 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
140 cfs 1.6 ft
Cochetopa Creek Below Rock Creek Nr Parlin
USGS 09118450
38 cfs 2.2 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
79 cfs 1.5 ft
Lake Fork Blw Lake San Cristobal Nr Lake City
USGS 09123450
33 cfs 4.1 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
39" -1"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
32" -2"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
7.11" -1.26"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
33" -2"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
45" 0"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
Aspen Mountain 39" 45° 11.37"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Castle Creek 140.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV