Boulder Creek - 04. Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse

Boulder Creek, Colorado, US


04. Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse (Town Run)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 52 fpm

Under the library

Under the library
Photo of Middle Boulder Creek by Craig Irwin taken 09/18/13 @ 850 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
codwr-BOCOROCO0 150 - 800 cfs II-III 68d19h10m 29.6 cfs (too low)

River Description

Boulder Creek through the city of Boulder is an urban whitewater stream, complete with homeless nests and willow trees for highwater facials.

A bustling bike path parallels the creek and at times it can be difficult to focus on boating with all the eye candy jogging/biking/roller blading interference.
Matt's Whitewater Park lies at the mouth of Middle Boulder Canyon and has a trashy ender hole called Widowmaker just under the bridge. Improvements of 2014 to this hole are debated. Rapids and surf is spurious upon levels.

To get there: Parking in the last block of Arapahoe Street near the Foot of the Mountain motel.

Takeouts: Boulder Public Library, Boulder High School, the Fish Aquarium, Scott Carpenter Park, or the CU Greenhouse.

See Colorado Rivers and Creeks II, by Banks and Eckardt (The Bible), for info on this & most of Colorado whitewater.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

The various reaches of Boulder Creek,
Jasper Creek (Class V+/VI)
The Source (Class V)
Upper Boulder Canyon (Class V/V+)
Lower Boulder Canyon (Class IV)
Boulder Town Run (Class II/III),
North Fork Boulder (Class V+/VI)
Alto-Alto (Class IV)
Upper South Boulder (Class V+/VI)
Lower South Boulder (Class IV/V+/VI)
Eldorado Canyon (Class V+)


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Last Updated: 2015-03-30 17:19:03


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June 12 2016 (952 days ago)
UPDATE | DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 11th 2016. This tree has been removed! // DATE: THURSDAY JUNE 2nd
2016. WARNING/HAZARD/STRAINER: Downed tree spanning the riverbed between 6th Street and 9th Street
bridges. LOCATION: Adjacent to the Evert Pierson Memorial Kids' Fishing Pond. SEE PHOTOS.