Gauge Description:

Recommended minimum flows are 200 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. River users can expect approximately 19 days with flows of 2000 cfs which is ideal for this section. In some years there are no boatable flows. Check with the Dolores Water Conservancy District for information on the timing of spring releases.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DOLORES RIVER NEAR SLICK ROCK, CO
usgs-09168730 2100 - 2500 cfs II-III+(IV) 144d09h57m ~ 20.8 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
800 -4000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III+(IV) gauge is important or has warning This flow range is for rafts - other craft types may enjoy other flows (See Dolores 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report for more information).
2100 -2500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III+(IV) gauge is important or has warning Optimal flow range (See Dolores 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report for more information).

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