Upper Boxelder Canyon


Boxelder canyon is an early season run near Casper, WY.  Not far off the highway, the canyon is characterized by a pool drop creeking character.  The upper canyon is around 2 miles long, but the rapids are fairly stacked once they start.  The rapids range from class IV to V with some significant gradient.  The quality of the run is somewhat marred by its short length and unpleasant hike out.  The hike requires climbing out a gully with lots of loose rock and dirt making it difficult to find good footing in parts and potentially dangerous for those below subject to rock fall.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Boxelder Creek are between a bare minimum of 120cfs and a high of 600cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06646000, the Deer Creek In Canyon Remember only watercraft are permitted at Upper Boxelder Canyon.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
L Medicine Bow R At Boles Spring
USGS 06634620
75 cfs 2.1 ft
Sybille Creek Ab Mule Creek
USGS 06664400
143 cfs 2.5 ft
North Platte River At Orin
USGS 06652000
994 cfs 4.0 ft
Powder River At Sussex
USGS 06313500
144 cfs 2.8 ft
Box Elder Creek At Boxelder
USGS 06647500
26 cfs 1.7 ft
Deer Creek In Canyon
USGS 06646000
79 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
casper - coop
SNOTEL CSWW4
0.44" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Casper Mtn.
SNOTEL 389
42" 2"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
53" 3"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
31" 2"
gillette 4se
SNOTEL GILW4
1.02" 0"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
2.6" 2.07"