Daves Wave

Small groveling knee to thigh high wave surfable 12 months out of the year with a longboard, very high volume board, bodyboard, or surfmat just about every day of the year.


Located mile south of Platte River Trail Parking Lot (E 88th Ave & Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO) walk south looking for the boat chute wave and CRSA "Dave's Wave" sign on the right side of path. Dave's Wave is surfable twice daily due to guaranteed releases of water and the wave comes in at about 200cfs when the stream gauge marker on the rock above the wave hits the .5 foot dot mark. Go with someone who has surfed the spot before or watch vids of Dave's Wave and use durable fins because they will be hitting the bottom at times. Wave blows out at 400cfs and will be best to find surf elsewhere. For more detailed information visit: http://endlesswaves.net/waves/daves-wave/

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Super Bowl Sunday 2021 (1st half of the game) surfing Dave's Wave with Jimmy Switzer... Air temp dropped from the 50's to well below freezing when the sun set. Ice instantly formed on our wetsuits and bodyboard and surfmat. You know it is bad when you get ice cream headaches not from duck diving but from standing in the freezing winds. It was warmer in the water than out of the water... Cold but a great time. (Pic of Jimmy Switzer ripping it up 2/7/21 on his bodyboard despite the freezing temps)

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In 2020 you had to travel to find surf in Colorado; however, Nathan Ginn had no problems finding surf at Dave's Wave in Thornton, CO on this July 2020 day.

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Clear Creek At Mouth
USGS 06720000
118 cfs 4.1 ft
Fountain Creek At Colorado Springs
USGS 07105500
49 cfs 5.3 ft
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
21 cfs 3.9 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
9 cfs 0.6 ft
South Platte River Below Union Ave
USGS 06710247
40 cfs 11.0 ft
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
281 cfs 1.7 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
149 cfs 1.3 ft
Pine Creek Abv Briargate Pkwy
USGS 07103965
1 cfs 10.6 ft
Monument Cr At Bijou St.
USGS 07104905
34 cfs 3.9 ft
South Platte River At Englewood
USGS 06711565
53 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
South Colony
2" -2"
Crow Creek
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cherry Creek State Park 102 5,646 ft
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
St. Vrain State Park 87 4,850 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Filter Plant 15.9cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 15.9cfs None Mi II to III+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 68.6cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 55.4cfs None Mi II
Golden Whitewater Park 15.9cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Idledale to Morrison 20.5cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V