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
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
342 cfs 4.2 ft
So. Platte R. Blw Brush Cr. Nr Trumbull Co
USGS 06701900
95 cfs 2.9 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
31 cfs 1.2 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
1,060 cfs 4.6 ft
St. Vrain Creek Below Longmont
USGS 06725450
-999,999 cfs ft
Fountain Cr Bl Janitell Rd Bl Colo. Springs
USGS 07105530
89 cfs 5.8 ft
St Vrain Cr Blw Boulder Cr At Hwy 119 Nr Longmont
USGS 06730525
296 cfs 10.0 ft
Plum Creek Near Sedalia
USGS 06709000
28 cfs 3.8 ft
West Monument Creek Below Rampart Reservoir
USGS 07103797
4 cfs 4.5 ft
Left Hand Creek Near Boulder
USGS 06724500
126 cfs 1.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
Cherry Creek State Park 102 5,646 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
St. Vrain State Park 87 4,850 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Golden Whitewater Park 268.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Idledale to Morrison 51.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Filter Plant 268.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 483.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 342.0cfs None Mi II
Filter Plant 268.0cfs None Mi II to III+