Gauge Description:CO Water Talk: 303-831-7135
Division 4, Station 6 (4*6*). Gunnison Below East Portal
The Black Canyon can be run as low as 400; however, a good level is around 700 and above. The river is still high quality at low flows, except for the 18 foot waterfall which requires a creative portage (rappelling, jumping, or scrableing) at flows less than 550 or so.
The season for this run is whenever it is free of ice, since the Crystal dam keeps the flow running at a fairly constant rate. The best time to hit the Black Canyon is usually late summer when most of the snow-melt rivers are spent for the year.
|GUNNISON RIVER BELOW GUNNISON TUNNEL, CO|
|usgs-09128000||600 - 3000 cfs||IV-V||00h18m||~ 1890 cfs (running)|
|Optimal Flows: 800-1600. Data collected via paddler feedback as part of 2013 Gunnison River 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.
|1y209d07h16m||/Gunnison-2. Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail (Black Canyon) [CO]||Next Generation in morning light||650 cfs||Spencer Huff|
|1y298d21h52m||/Gunnison-2. Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail (Black Canyon) [CO]||Next Generation||n/a||Spencer Huff|
|1y298d22h11m||Gunnison-2. Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail (Black Canyon) [CO]||Next Generation||900 cfs||Spencer Huff|
|6y9d09h02m||/Gunnison-2. Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail (Black Canyon) [CO]||Black Canyon||n/a||Chris Menges|
|9y262d07h47m||/Gunnison-2. Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail (Black Canyon) [CO]||Black Canyon From 9/5/09 to 9/7/09||n/a||Matthew Hopkins|
|> 10 years||Gunnison [CO]||Entrance to Daywrecker||~850||Jake Zywicke|
|> 10 years||n/a [CO]||Warning||n/a||Kit Davidson|
|> 10 years||Gunnison (Black Canyon) [CO]||Black Canyon - Rock Camp||760 cfs||Bryan Houle|
|> 10 years||Gunnison (Black Canyon) [CO]||Black Canyon - Scott in the Narrows||760 cfs||Bryan Houle|
|> 10 years||Black Canyon of the Gunnison [CO]||18 footer at ~750 CFS||750 CFS||n/a|