Colorado - 06. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70)

Colorado, Colorado, US


06. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs)

Usual Difficulty IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 3.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 83 fpm

Upper Death (5)

Upper Death (5)
Photo by Kit Davidson taken 09/16/04 @ 1200 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09070500 900 - 5000 cfs IV-V(V+) 49d21h58m 738 cfs (too low)

River Description

Chris Cambron notes:
"This run is less than 15 minutes east of Glenwood Springs, CO on Interstate 70. You can see the run from the road (if you're looking for it) - but there's a walking path all along river right from where you can scout everything if you get off at the Shoshone exit and head upstream. The section above Shoshone exit 123 is a kayakers run - the rafts tend to stay on the run just below that. I mainly stick to the rafts so I really couldn't tell you much about it other than it has some big scary holes that I would never take a raft into. At high water (anything over 4-5000 cfs), it is downright terrifying."

Reaches of the Colorado River:
01. Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon) (CO, IV)
02. Gore Canyon (CO, IV-V)
03. Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio (Pumphouse) (CO, III)
04. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs) (CO, IV-V [V+])
05. Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123 (I-70) to Grizzly Creek, Exit 121 (I-70) (Shoshone) (CO, III-IV)
06. Cameo Dam (Big Sur / Lucky 7) (CO, III)
07. Loma to Westwater (Ruby / Horsethief Canyons) (CO-UT, II)
08. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
09. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley) (UT, I-III)
10. Moab to Powell Reservoir (Cataract Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
11. Lees Ferry to Lake Mead (Grand Canyon) (AZ, I-V)
12. Black Canyon (AZ-NV, I)
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-11-20 22:11:25


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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
  • Upper Colorado River (CO)
    American Whitewater is working with various stakeholders to develop a resource management plan for the BLM, as an alternative to "Wild and Scenic River" management.