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
Fountain Creek At Colorado Springs
USGS 07105500
28 cfs 5.0 ft
Bear Creek Above Evergreen
USGS 06710385
46 cfs 4.6 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
69 cfs 2.8 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
87 cfs 2.5 ft
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
25 cfs 2.0 ft
Cache La Poudre River At Fort Collins
USGS 06752260
70 cfs 1.2 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
234 cfs 3.3 ft
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
11 cfs 3.7 ft
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
151 cfs 1.1 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
319 cfs 5.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
St. Vrain State Park 87 4,850 ft
Cherry Creek State Park 102 5,646 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+