Boulder Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||52 fpm|
|BOULDER CREEK NEAR ORODELL|
|codwr-BOCOROCO0||150 - 800 cfs||II-III||01h30m||184 cfs (running)|
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+)