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Difficulty III-IV
Length 1.4 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 89.6 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/19/2020 11:37 pm

River Description

The window to run this short stream is only a few weeks at best.  When it is going the river is one continuous rapid from top to bottom.  Check for strainers.  The Medicine Bow River is best known as a meandering river in the high plains of eastern Wyoming. However, the headwaters of the Medicine Bow River include some steep continuous whitewater. Unfortunately for most boaters, there is relatively poor access to the upper section of the river. The section describe here is the easiest to access by road. Intrepid boaters can get on higher up on FS 105 or by hiking a short distance. I would advise against boating past FS 261. The river does continue to drop for awhile past the takeout but then it becomes a meandering valley stream and there is no good access for miles.
The Medicine Bow River from FS 100 to FS 261 is a medium sized steep and continuous mountain river with long rapids, few eddies, and there is always a threat of strainers.
Here is a link to part of the run at lower flows.

Rapid Descriptions


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2 weeks ago

A video for part of this run is here at ~250 cfs

Gage Descriptions

Rock Creek is the only gauge in the Snowy Range of the correct size to approximate the MFLL the gauge is thus not perfect.

Directions Description

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  




Matt Muir


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