Saint Vrain Creek, North - 02. Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80 (Proving Grounds)

Saint Vrain Creek, North, Colorado, US


02. Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80 (Proving Grounds)

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 1.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 110 fpm
Max Gradient 133 fpm

Riley Frank, Proving Grounds

Riley Frank, Proving Grounds
Photo of Riley Frank by Keven Krips taken 01/25/18 @ a good level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
codwr-NSVBBRCO0 250 - 900 cfs IV(V) 00h22m 22.7 cfs (too low)

River Description

The stretch of the North Saint Vrain from the outflow of ButtonRock Dam to CR 80.

There are several steep boulder gardens in the Proving Grounds.  Scouting is a good idea, as knowning which door goes where would be hard to determine from river level.  Even better yet, take someone who knows it. 

All drops can be scouted from the road, and is good read and run.  That being said, be heads up for all normal hazards, namely wood. 

To Get There: NORTH out of Lyons on HWY 36 towards Estes Park and after three miles turn left on CR 80. Follow the road all the way to public parking for ButtonRock, put on and paddle down as far as your heart desires. This run can be linked to Shellys.

The various reaches of of Saint Vrain Creek,
Upper NSV (Class V+/VI-),
Middle NSV (Class IV/V),
Lower NSV (Class II/III),
Upper SSV (Class V+/VI-),
SSV (Class V/V+), and
Left Hand Creek (Class IV).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-12-12 01:02:40


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