Gauge Description:

While Parkdale and the Gorge are manageable at all flows, the Gorge is more challenging and more committing at all flows. If you are uncomfortable on Parkdale (at any flow), you should not be paddling the Gorge at the same flow. Above 4000 cfs wood and debris become an issue.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ARKANSAS RIVER NEAR WELLSVILLE
codwr-ARKWELCO0 150 - 7000 cfs II-III+(IV) 00h51m 669 cfs (running)
gauge class Very Low to low-moderate flows.

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
150 -1000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II-III+(IV) gauge is important or has warning Very Low to low-moderate flows.
1000 -2000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV gauge is important or has warning Low-moderate to high-moderate flows.
2000 -3000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV gauge is important or has warning High-moderate to high flows.
3000 -7000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning High to very high flows.
ARKANSAS RIVER AT PARKDALE, CO.
usgs-07094500 300 - 7000 cfs III+(IV) 00h21m 761 cfs (running)
gauge class Low to low-moderate flows.
This gauge (2459 sq.mi.drainage) lies not far downstream of put-in, thus should quite accurately portray actual flow in run.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
300 -1000 cfs barely runnable-med runnable III+(IV) gauge is important or has warning Low to low-moderate flows.
1000 -2000 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable IV gauge is important or has warning Low-moderate to high-moderate flows.
2000 -3200 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV gauge is important or has warning High-moderate to high flows.
3200 -7000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning High boatable flows. Treat as a single 4 mile class IV+ rapid. This is above the cut-off for commercial rafting.

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
Arkansas [CO] Happy Paula on Gorge n/a Sam Baudoux
Arkansas- Royal Gorge [Co] Bottom of Sunshine 900cfs Connie Logsdon
Arkansas [Co] Open boat in Sunshine 1090@9am Connie Logsdon
Arkansas- Royal Gorge [Co] The Hole 900cfs Connie Logsdon
Arkansas [CO] Royal Gorge 1400 cfs Matt Muir
Arkansas [CO] Escape from Sunshine n/a John Kobak
8y95d11h33m /Arkansas-J. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO] Account of 05/18/11 n/a Christopher Brobin
8y96d17h05m @Arkansas 11. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO] Royal Gorge low runnable level Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Arkansas [CO] Royal Gorge 4 700 Sam Baudoux
> 10 years @Arkansas 11. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO] Royal Gorge 900 cfs Thomas O'Keefe