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 Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
128 cfs 1.5 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
758 cfs 2.5 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs 0.0 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
39 cfs 2.2 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Lost Man C
USGS 09072550
4 cfs 1.2 ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
53 cfs 4.0 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
95 cfs 3.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 70° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 62° 0"
Aspen Mountain 37" 62° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 66° 0"
Snowmass 30" 62° 0"
Aspen Highlands 30" 62° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Barrel Springs 2220.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2290.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 2220.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Bogan Canyon 758.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2290.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Castle Creek 203.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Avalanche Down 758.0cfs 12.0 Mi III