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
Powder River At Sussex
USGS 06313500
144 cfs 2.8 ft
Sybille Creek Ab Mule Creek
USGS 06664400
143 cfs 2.5 ft
Deer Creek In Canyon
USGS 06646000
8 cfs 2.3 ft
North Platte River At Orin
USGS 06652000
526 cfs 3.4 ft
L Medicine Bow R At Boles Spring
USGS 06634620
3 cfs 0.8 ft
Box Elder Creek At Boxelder
USGS 06647500
26 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
71" -1"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
15" 2"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
31" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
50" 2"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
0.16" -0.47"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
20" 1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
16" 0"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
0.51" -0.62"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
49" 2"
Casper Mtn.
SNOTEL 389
24" -2"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
2.63" -0.1"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.3" -0.2"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
1.12" -0.57"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
30" 1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
60" 0"