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Colorado River - colorado
Updated June 20, 2019, 2 p.m.

Streamflow 10600 cfs
Average 2000 cfs
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Runnable Min 500 cfs
Runnable Max 8000 cfs
Gradient 85 FPM
Length 4 Miles
Class IV+ to V+
Current Weather 71° Mostly Sunny
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Streamflow Conditions

Barrel Springs is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Barrel Springs today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 10600cfs, about 405% above the average runnable rate of 2000cfs. These are very high river levels for this section of the Colorado River, and even expert paddlers should use extreme caution. Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 8000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Barrel Springs are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Colorado River Near Dotsero, Co..

Run Overview

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.

Barrel Springs is the run from the Hanging Lake exit to Shoshone. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71. west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Upper Death Class V to VI 6072.55 Feet
Life after Death Class IV+ to V 6033.91 Feet
Barrel Springs Rapid Class IV+ to V 5973.29 Feet
Last Rapid Class IV to V 5922.97 Feet

Weather Overview: 71° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. to a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. increasing clouds, with a high near 75. breezy, with a west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 40 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 60° - 75°

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