Dolores - 06. Gateway to Colorado River (UT)


Dolores, Colorado, US/Utah, US

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06. Gateway to Colorado River (UT)

Usual Difficulty II+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 30 Miles
Avg. Gradient 14 fpm

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Photo by Nathan Fey taken 06/09/12

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DOLORES RIVER NEAR CISCO, UT
usgs-09180000 1000 - 4000 cfs II+(IV) 00h43m 665 cfs (too low)


River Description

SEASON: April to early June depending on snowpack and release from McPhee Dam and inflow from the San Miguel River.

ISSUES: Recreational users have traditionally been the last to be considered in the management plan for McPhee Dam. American Whitewater has become a leader in policy discussions around Reservoir management, and restoring flows below McPhee for the benefit of recreation and native fish.  Follow the links to the right, for more information.

LOGISTICS: It's a long shuttle via Grand Junction but that also means this section receives somewhat reduced use. The put-in is on the upstream river right side of the Highway 141 Bridge in Gateway. The take-out is at Dewey Bridge across the Colorado just downstream of the confluence with the Dolores. In spring, snow can block the short-cut shuttle through Castle Valley. Inquire locally to see if you can find someone willing to run your shuttle.

DESCRIPTION:

This river sees somewhat limited use compared to nearby desert runs. The shuttle can be long (when the mountain shortcut is blocked by snow), the action is mellow except for Stateline which can be too much action for some, and there's a bit of ranch and mining "history" that detracts a bit from the scenery. But if you're looking to avoid the crowds, this is a trip worth checking out and with supplemental flows from the San Miguel it can be a possibility when McPhee Dam holds back the spring melt and the upper sections on the Dolores are too low. In some years your only opportunity for paddling the Dolores is to paddle the sections below the confluence of the San Miguel and this one contains the most whitewater. The Dolores is managed by the BLM and they maintain a web page with information on the river. Although permits are not currently required in Colorado, once you cross into Utah, a permit is needed.  Permit information can be found below.

The run starts out from the Gateway Launch at mile 141 as a mellow float characteristic of the sections just upstream. A road parrallels river right as you pass through open bottomlands. Within a few miles the action begins to pick up with some class II and III rapids before you reach the highlight of this section at Stateline Rapid. You'll want to get out to scout this class IV drop from river right. After this rapid the river mellows out again with only a couple more rapids before settling out to a lazy float to the Colorado.

Decent campsites can be found once you've passed through Stateline Rapid and into Utah. Here the run becomes more remote as you start to leave the roads behind. You'll find some good wilderness camping and side hikes. There are a couple sections of ranch land and you'll see evidence of the past human history of this area, but there's some good scenery.

The Dolores joins the Colorado and ends at mile 173 (as measured from Bradfield Bridge below McPhee Dam). It's another couple miles on the Coloardo to Dewey Bridge.

Boaters can start from further upstream or continue their trip downstream by taking advantage of boating opportunities on the following sections of the Dolores and Colorado:

 

Permit Information

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/recreation/River_Recreation/doloresriver.html

Required permit can be obtained by calling the Moab BLM field office for a reservation.


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Last Updated: 2014-01-03 19:40:05

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Lower Dolores River

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Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Minimum flows are 250 cfs for canoes/kayaks/inflatables, 800 cfs for small rafts to 14 ft., 1000 cfs for large rafts to 18 ft. Flow information hotline 970.565.7562. Flows of 2000 cfs are ideal for this section. In some years boatable flows are limited. Check with the Dolores Water Conservancy District for information on the timing of spring releases from McPhee Dam.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DOLORES RIVER NEAR CISCO, UT
usgs-09180000 1000 - 4000 cfs II+(IV) 00h43m 665 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 -4000 cfs extremely Low-barely Low II+(IV)
1000 -4000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II+(IV)

Report - Reports of Dolores 06. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
1y311d23h44m /Dolores-6. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) [CO] Lower Dolores River 0 cfs Nathan Fey
1y311d23h48m /Dolores-6. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) [UT] Account of 06/09/12 0 cfs Nathan Fey
3y149d15h07m /Dolores-6. Gateway to Colorado River (UT) [CO] Account of 11/20/10 0 cfs Nathan Fey

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New Dams Proposed for the Dolores

User Comments


2012-01-11 06:24:47 (827 days ago)
malczyk (153085)
stateline rapid has changed due to a flash flood spring 2010. At flows from 750-1900 water no
longer flows around the upper island at the top of the rapid. After the upper island the majority
of the water diverts to the right and goes over the dam. The river left has many more rocks in it
and has a narrow run river left. At flows higher then 2000 this may open up more. portage can be
done by lining boats over dam on the right.
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Events

Dolores River Releases Monday the 30th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Sunday the 29th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Saturday the 28th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Friday the 27th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Thursday the 26th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Wednesday the 25th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Tuesday the 24th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Monday the 23rd to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Sunday the 22nd to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Saturday the 21st to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Friday the 20th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Thursday the 19th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Wednesday the 18th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Tuesday the 17th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Monday the 16th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Sunday the 15th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Saturday the 14th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Friday the 13th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Thursday the 12th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Wednesday the 11th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Tuesday the 10th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Monday the 9th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Sunday the 8th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Saturday the 7th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Friday the 6th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Thursday the 5th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Wednesday the 4th to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Tuesday the 3rd to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Monday the 2nd to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Sunday the 1st to 2000 - 500 cfs As the time approaches where irrigation and municipal demand are equal to or exceed inflow to the Reservoir, the spill will be brought to a close. The goal is to ramp down flows at an average rate of about 100 cfs per day, but the tail end
Saturday the 31st to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Friday the 30th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Thursday the 29th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Wednesday the 28th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Tuesday the 27th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Monday the 26th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Sunday the 25th to 2000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Saturday the 24th to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Friday the 23rd to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Thursday the 22nd to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Wednesday the 21st to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Tuesday the 20th to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Monday the 19th to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Sunday the 18th to 3000 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Saturday the 17th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Friday the 16th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Thursday the 15th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Wednesday the 14th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Tuesday the 13th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Monday the 12th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Sunday the 11th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Saturday the 10th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Friday the 9th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Thursday the 8th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Wednesday the 7th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Tuesday the 6th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Monday the 5th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Sunday the 4th to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Saturday the 3rd to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Friday the 2nd to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
Thursday the 1st to 800 - 1500 cfs It is anticipated the flows will be ramped up to 1,500 cfs in the first half of May and increased to a peak of 3,000 cfs in the third week of May and down to approximately 2,000 cfs in the last week of May. These peaks could come earlier an
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