Blue - 02. Blue River Campground to Columbine Landing

Blue, Colorado, US


02. Blue River Campground to Columbine Landing (Upper Blue)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 47 fpm
Max Gradient 50 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09050700 200 - 2000 cfs III-IV 00h44m 56.9 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Blue River is not the ultimate high end of this river. Boating awaits you further upstream. 

The Blue River stream is an overall gravel-filled class II fly fishing stream.  At the right flows a few wave trains make for one or two surfs.

The small section from the campground down to the FR 2400 pull off has a small gorge. This is the only cascade of whitewater on the run.

When Boulder Creek (from the Gore Range) flows in on the left you are near the best rapids. 

This run of the Blue River = Bible p342 (Stafford/McCutchen: "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies" 

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-06-09 14:33:30


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User Comments

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July 7 2014 (1658 days ago)
COEngineer (154541)
70-yr-old man drowns on private raft trip on Blue River:
September 24 2013 (1944 days ago)
Jonathan HareDetails
5.29.2013 : There is a major Douglas Fir tree that has fallen across the Blue River just above the
takeout for this run at Columbine Landing. The tree could be passed on far river right by a kayak,
but a raft would have trouble squeezing through. It is best to check this out while you are setting
shuttle since it is just a little upstream from the take out parking lot. There are several aspen
trees barely submerged just upstream from the take out as well. 9.2013 : Recent high flows moved
trees, stay tuned and always heads up when boating.

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Associated Projects

  • Basin Non-Consumptive Needs Assesments (CO)
    AW is working to define stream-flows that meet recreational boating needs across Colorado. In both the Colorado and Yampa River Basin's, AW has helped develop baseline data for whitewater recreation