Gauge Description:

The Big Thompson runs briefly in the spring but is mostly often paddled in the fall on random releases from Lake Estes.

Discharge for Big Thompson River below Lake Estes

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BIG THOMPSON RIVER BELOW LAKE ESTES
codwr-BTBLESCO0 200 - 500 cfs II-IV+(V+) 08h03m 353 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 - 300 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-IV+(V+) gauge is important or has warning Recommended levels from John Gross.
300 - 400 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-IV+(V+) gauge is important or has warning
400 - 500 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II-IV+(V+) gauge is important or has warning

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
Big Thompson [BC] Big Thompson Estes Park to Fishng Access n/a wreeves
Big Thompson River [CO] Garbage Disposal n/a Brian Adkins
1y355d02h11m /Big Thompson River-Lake Estes to Drake [CO] The big drop 0 cfs wreeves
> 10 years Big Thompson River [CO] Numero Dos 330cfs Brian Adkins
> 10 years Big Thompson River [CO] Small version #2 340cfs Brian Adkins