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Gauge Information

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
usgs-09171100 500 - 5000 cfs II+ 01h05m 7.62 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -1000 cfs barely runnable-perfect runnable II+ Flows for individual craft-types can vary. More information is available in the 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report from American Whitewater.
1000 -3500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II+ Flows for Individual Craft-type can vary. More information is available in the 2011 Flow-Evaluation Report.
1500 -5000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II+ This range represents high flows for Canoe, Kayak, and rafting opportunities. As an aggregate range, there are variable preferences that can be described by c

Report - Reports of Dolores 06. Bedrock to Gateway and related gauges

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
2y5d01h13m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway [CO] Account of 09/13/16 0 cfs Nathan Fey
5y39d04h05m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway [CO] The once mighty Dolores River 0 cfs Nathan Fey
7y304d18h42m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway Account of 11/20/10 0 cfs Nathan Fey
7y304d19h06m /Dolores-5. Bedrock to Gateway Hanging Flume on the Dolores River 0 cfs Nathan Fey