Gauge Description:

This creek is fed entirely by the days snowmelt so the later you put on the higher the flow will be. Peak flows are at sunset or shortly after.

Before June look for minimum flows of 700 cfs or higher. Early in spring the gauges, located far downstream of the actual reach, are mostly reading snow melt from lower elevations.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SLATE R AB BAXTER GL @HWY 135 NR CRESTED BUTTE, CO
usgs-385106106571000 500 - 2500 cfs V 00h53m ~ 350 cfs (too low)
Slate River gauge is a few miles downstream of the takeout, downstream of a number of different inflows.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -2500 cfs barely runnable-high runnable V gauge is important or has warning Optimal flows: 700 - 2500. The gauge has moved downstream, possibly affecting the actual flows. Flow range based on 2013 Gunnison Flow Study

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