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Colorado River - colorado
20th of April
Streamflow 1520 cfs
Average 2000 cfs
Runnable Min 500 cfs
Runnable Max 8000 cfs
Gradient 85 FPM
Length 4 Miles
Class IV+ to V+
Current Weather 70° Sunny


Barrel Springs is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 1520cfs, about -24% below the average runnable rate of 2000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Colorado River between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 8000cfs.

This class IV+ to V+ journey is accessible from Access - Hanging Lake Exit along the Colorado River. Paddlers should prepare for the 4 class IV+ to V+ whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Barrel Springs are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Colorado River Near Dotsero, Co..

Barrel Springs is the run from the Hanging Lake exit to Shoshone. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 70. light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 29% Above Average

With a 1520cfs streamflow rate, Barrel Springs is currently above its 1430cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 29%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 1010cfs in 2012, and a high of 1850cfs seen in 2015. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 09070500

Hourly Forecast: 70° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. to a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. increasing clouds, with a high near 71. light and variable wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 61° - 71°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KGJT 191012 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 412 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday) Issued at 412 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 A high pressure ridge will shift eastward today with its north- to-south oriented ridge axis bisecting the forecast area this afternoon. Warm air advection combined with abundant sunshine beneath the ridge will result in above normal temperatures this afternoon, ranging from 5 to 10 degrees higher than yesterday`s peak readings. A short-wave trough moving across the Desert Southwest later tonight will force the ridge axis east of the Continental Divide resulting in a shift in flow aloft to the southwest. Continued advection of warmer air will result in moderate overnight lows. The short-wave trough mentioned previously will lift east- northeastward on Saturday bringing increased clouds along with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across the southern and central Colorado mountains. Adjacent valleys may also experience showers/thunderstorms, though expect less coverage. Increased clouds will bring slightly cooler afternoon highs to the south with little or no change for most other areas across the region. .LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday) Issued at 412 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 The next storm system to impact eastern Utah and Western Colorado will dive through the Great Basin on Saturday night into Sunday morning. Overnight forecast guidance continues to be in excellent agreement regarding precipitation onset in the higher terrain of eastern Utah and northwest Colorado by the late morning hours. Strong, dry southwest flow will remain in place over southeast Utah and southern Colorado as low pressure slowly lumbers east and south. Mid-level temperatures will remain quite warm in this southwest flow regime, and snow levels are expected to be quite high with any precipitation falls through the afternoon. After midnight on Monday morning, low pressure will shift east into eastern Utah, bringing cooler air over all of the western slope. By this time however, much of the synoptic scale moisture will have shifted eastward and very limited snow accumulations of 1-3 inches or less will fall in elevations above ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Upper Death

This is virtually always a portage. It can be run, I've seen it run about 10 times, none of which went well enough to encourage me. Beware the submerged room of doom river right below the final plunge!

Scout from bike path
V to VI 6072.55 Feet
Life after Death

Life after Death is way easier and safer than it looks. Despite the giant rock which forms the crux of this rapid, there is little seive risk here.   I recommend putting in directly in the boil of Upper Death via seal launch.

Bike Path river right
IV+ to V 6033.91 Feet
Barrel Springs Rapid

In low to middle flows this is a multi-part move, with many holes and boofs to be had. Be sure to scout the entire rapid as newby paddlers frequently miss the middle eddys.

Bath Path river right
IV+ to V 5973.29 Feet
Last Rapid

You may have read that this hole is a mandatory thrashing at most levels. It moved in 2011 and is now a simple but fun boof at most flows. Stay Right for the fun or left of the center rock for ease. Recommend runnning it blind, no scout!

IV to V 5922.97 Feet

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