Animas - 01. Eureka to Howardsville

Animas, Colorado, US


01. Eureka to Howardsville (Forks of the Animas)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 3.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09358000 150 - 2000 cfs I-II 154d22h18m 115 cfs (too low)

River Description


As the animas moves into Eureka the river passes into a wide alpine valley, losing its gradient in the process.  Resulting in a beginners flat water float in proceeding 3.6 miles toward Howardsville.  Follow the braided river as it slowly moves its way toward Silveton.

Be heads up for wood, and potential mining hazards.  The streambed is shallow, and eddies are scarce. 


From Silverton, take CR 2 northeast, for just under 4 miles, to Howardsville.  The bridge in Howardsville will be your best take out option, alough you can find others if you like.  

From Howardsville go on another 4.6 miles to the abandoned Eureka mine. Park on the left near the river crossing, and put in close to the road.


note: Stafford/McCutchen pg. 244

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-12-21 19:26:23


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