16th Street Wave

Downtown Denver urban wave at the pedestrian bridge just down river from the 15th Street bridge over the S. Platte and is an eyeshot from Confluence Park.


This is a shallow wave that is truthfully hard to surf. For example, beware of a few very shallow rocks, about 15 feet down from the wave on surfers left side that you might encounter coming off your board.... Knowing the risks of rocks in and around this wave, it is worth a go when the flow is pushing 200cfs. Crowds of passerby's walking across the 16th Street pedestrian bridge will be flipping out seeing you surf right below them. For more info on this spot check out Endless Waves http://endlesswaves.net/waves/16th-street-wave/

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Some of the Denver Surf Punks (Casey, Larry, Michael, and Nathan) were getting the surf at 16th Street Bridge Friday. Casey thrilling the crowd watching from above on this ride.

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
South Platte River At South Platte
USGS 06707500
278 cfs 2.6 ft
Moffat Water Tunnel At East Portal
USGS 09022500
14 cfs 0.4 ft
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
10 cfs 3.7 ft
Bear Creek Above Evergreen
USGS 06710385
34 cfs 4.5 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
11 cfs 0.6 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
-999 cfs 1.1 ft
Cottonwood Ck At Union Blvd
USGS 07103987
2 cfs 10.9 ft
Monument Cr Abv Woodmen Rd At Colorado Springs
USGS 07103970
11 cfs 4.1 ft
Cottonwood Creek At Mouth
USGS 07103990
6 cfs 2.8 ft
Cherry Creek Below Cherry Creek Lake
USGS 06713000
25 cfs 4.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
15" 3"
Echo Lake
9" -1"
University Camp
19" 0"
Medano Pass
1" 0"
Bear Lake
17" -1"
Lake Eldora
14" 0"
Glen Cove
1" 0"
Hourglass Lake
13" -1"
Copeland Lake
7" -2"
South Colony
13" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
St. Vrain State Park 87 4,850 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+