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 00h39m 2940 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).

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

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Colorado [UT] The Crew 12000 William Schuster
Colorado [UT] Skull Rapid n/a Matt Muir
2y256d00h27m /Colorado-2. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) [UT] Skull Rapid 0 cfs Tim Kelley
9y143d21h18m /Colorado-2. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) [UT] Westwater Camp 0 cfs Nathan Fey
> 10 years Colorado River [UT] Westwater Canyon around 4000+cfs kent perillo
> 10 years Colorado [UT] Westwater Dog Transfer 4200 Craig Irwin
> 10 years /Colorado-2. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) [ ] MattyD in Westwater Canyons 4800 Craig Irwin
> 10 years /Colorado-2. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) [UT] The Wave at Little D 5300 cfs Thomas O'Keefe