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
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
13 cfs 2.8 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
17 cfs 2.7 ft
Lake Fork Blw Lake San Cristobal Nr Lake City
USGS 09123450
17 cfs 4.0 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.9 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
426 cfs 3.2 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
11 cfs 4.7 ft
Cimarron River Near Cimarron
USGS 09126000
30 cfs 1.2 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
71 cfs 0.7 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
8 cfs 0.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
49" 0"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
12.22" 0.58"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
34" 0"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
39" 0"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
29" 1"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.77" 0.11"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 1"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
16" 1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
43" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
41" 4"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
29" 2"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
12.22" 0.05"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
37" 2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" -1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.28" -0.02"
bayfield 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LP-98
9.94" -0.09"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
20" 0"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
26.59" -0.24"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
9" 3"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
24.45" 0.85"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
46" 1"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
12" -1"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
31" 2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.69" 0.24"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
54" 2"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
24" 0"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
43" 1"
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.86" 0.34"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
77" 3"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
41.05" -0.13"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
pagosa springs 5.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AU-37
9.01" -0.06"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 1"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
73" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.85" -0.25"
bayfield 7n
SNOTEL BYFC2
9.84" -0.08"
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
14.4" 1.46"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
0.77" -0.08"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
26" 2"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
59" 5"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
36" 1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 2"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
14.54" 0.06"
silverton 0.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SJ-4
23.02" -0.14"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.28" -0.02"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" 3"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
7" 3"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
45.15" -0.23"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
22.34" -0.18"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Mountain 39" 30° 0.97"
Buttermilk Mountain 40" 29° 0.76"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 37" 25° 0.54"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 31" 32° 0.33"
Snowmass 40" 29° 0.76"
Aspen Highlands 40" 29° 0.76"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Cemetery 370.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 370.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Crystal Mill Falls 58.5cfs None Mi V- to V
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1220.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1220.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Oh Be Joyful 217.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Bogan Canyon 58.5cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Castle Creek 97.8cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Waterfall to Confluence 201.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Avalanche Down 58.5cfs 12.0 Mi III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Catherine Store Section 201.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+