Gauge Description:

Minimum flows are 250 cfs for canoes/kayaks/inflatables, 800 cfs for small rafts to 14 ft., 1000 cfs for large rafts to 18 ft. Flow information hotline 970.565.7562. Flows of 2000 cfs are ideal for this section. In some years boatable flows are limited. Check with the Dolores Water Conservancy District for information on the timing of spring releases from McPhee Dam.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DOLORES RIVER NEAR BEDROCK, CO.
usgs-09171100 800 - 5000 cfs II+ 01h09m 49.2 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
800 -5000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning Acceptable flow range for rafts - other crafts may enjoy flows outside this range ((See Dolores 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report for more information).
2100 -2700 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning Optimal flow range (See Dolores 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report for more information).

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
3y32d22h01m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway [CO] Account of 09/13/16 0 cfs Nathan Fey
6y67d00h53m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway [CO] The once mighty Dolores River 0 cfs Nathan Fey
8y332d14h30m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway Account of 11/20/10 0 cfs Nathan Fey
8y332d14h54m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway Hanging Flume on the Dolores River 0 cfs Nathan Fey