Blue River

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Blue River Levels

June 9 2023

3,147 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
+119.1 cfs (+8.12%) since yesterday
46.77% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Blue River was last observed at 1587 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 3147 acre-ft of water today; about 47% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3393 cfs, with recent peaks last observed at 55,853 cfs on 2015-12-28.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir reporting a streamflow rate of 456 cfs. However, the deepest point on the river is located at the Blue River At Blue Ridge Blvd Ext In Kc with a gage stage of 25.34 ft. This river is monitored from 15 different streamgauging stations along the Blue River, the highest being perched at an elevation of 9,842 ft, the Blue River At Blue River.

The river is also a popular destination for whitewater enthusiasts, featuring river runs like Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run), and Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek), a class II+ to III run. Compare streamflow levels for nearby paddling destinations on the interactive map .

River Summary: The Blue River is a tributary of the Colorado River, located in Colorado, United States. It is approximately 65 miles long and has a rich history of mining, ranching, and logging. The river flows through a steep, narrow valley and is known for its beautiful scenery and fishing opportunities. The Blue River is fed by several streams and rivers, including the Snake River and Tenmile Creek. There are several reservoirs and dams along the river, including Dillon Reservoir, which is one of the largest reservoirs in Colorado. These reservoirs provide water for irrigation, hydroelectric power, and recreational activities such as boating and fishing. The Blue River is a vital source of water for agriculture and is home to various species of fish and wildlife.

Last Updated 2023-06-09
Streamflow 1,586.6 cfs
Percent Normal 46.77%
Maximum 55,853.4 cfs

Area Surface Flows

Streamgauge Streamflow River Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
95 cfs 1.55 ft 0
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
296 cfs 5.55 ft 0
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
403 cfs 1.85 ft 21.39
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
456 cfs 4.55 ft 49.51
Blue River Near Clifton
USGS 09444200
14 cfs 4.44 ft -3.55
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 14162200
201 cfs 3.4 ft 1.52
Blue River Near Connerville
USGS 07332390
42 cfs 5.67 ft 5.22
Blue R Nr Stanley
USGS 06893080
13 cfs 4.12 ft -5.67
Blue R At Kenneth Rd
USGS 06893100
17 cfs 5.12 ft -4.02
Blue River At Blue Ridge Blvd Ext In Kc
USGS 06893150
24 cfs 25.34 ft -9.89
Blue River At Kansas City
USGS 06893500
71 cfs 4.52 ft -8.2
Blue River At Stadium Drive In Kc
USGS 06893578
79 cfs 5.73 ft -18.9
Blue River At Fredericksburg
USGS 03302800
73 cfs 2.88 ft 1.96
Blue River Near Blue
USGS 07332500
52 cfs 5.81 ft -10.88
Blue River Near White Cloud
USGS 03303000
136 cfs 2.44 ft -5.56

Blue River Peak Annual Discharge

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Blue River Seasonal Comparison

Year over year discharge

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