Gauge Description:

Flows around 5,000-10,000 cfs are a good level. At lower flows, rapids become a bit more drawn out, but still fun. At higher flows many of the features wash out but it can be an exciting ride for those with the skills to handle the action (rescues at high water can be very challenging and it's no place for anyone without a strong roll). Summer flows are typically in the 2000-3000 cfs range (10-12 hours of boating) while spring flows around 20,000 cfs can make for a fast trip (6 hours).

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
COLORADO RIVER NEAR COLORADO-UTAH STATE LINE
usgs-09163500 2000 - 30000 cfs I-IV 00h57m 2260 cfs (running)
gauge class Flows based on 2014 Colorado Basin Flow Study.

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2000 -5000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable I-IV gauge is important or has warning Flows based on 2014 Colorado Basin Flow Study.
5000 -12500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable I-IV gauge is important or has warning Optimal flow range (flows based on 2014 Colorado Basin Flow Study).
12500 -30000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV+ gauge is important or has warning 30,000 cfs is the highest safe flow recommendation - some individuals may enjoy flows outside this range (flows based on 2014 Colorado Basin Flow Study).

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