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Arkansas River - colorado
20th of April
Streamflow 402 cfs
Average 1000 cfs
Runnable Min 200 cfs
Runnable Max 5000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 1 Miles
Class II+ to III+
Current Weather 62° Sunny


Buena Vista Whitewater Park is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 402cfs, about -60% below the average runnable rate of 1000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Arkansas River between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 5000cfs.

This class II+ to III+ journey is accessible from Access - Buena Vista Main Street along the Arkansas River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Buena Vista Whitewater Park are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Arkansas River Below Granite, Co.

This park has 5 or so holes/waves. Found at the end of Main street in Buena Vista, CO.  There are 2 main locations.  The upper starts at the soccer field area adjacent to the Whipple Bridge which crosses the river.  That is the Uptown Wave.  The second access area is to the south and is accessable in the South Main Neighborhood.  Both are public put ins and take outs.  The park is fun at all levels.  Anything 250 cfs plus makes it worth a trip to play in the park. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 62. west northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Season Begins: March & Ends: October

Seasonal Flow Status: % Below Average

With a 402cfs streamflow rate, Buena Vista Whitewater Park is currently below its cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by %. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of cfs in , and a high of cfs seen in . Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 07087050

Hourly Forecast: 62° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 5pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. to sunny, with a high near 62. west northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Forecasts predict more snow this week across Colorado, with up to 16" of new snowfall expected on the river over the next 5 days.

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KPUB 191014 AFDPUB Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pueblo CO 414 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight) Issued at 344 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 Currently... Minimal cloud cover exists over Colorado. Over our forecast district, some clouds remain over the Sawatch and Mosquito Mountains. Otherwise, calm conditions remain over the region, but minimum temperatures this morning needed to be lowered over the plains to incorporate colder conditions than anticipated. Today and Tonight: Upper level ridge continues to develop over the region bringing dry conditions and above average temperatures (around 10F above average). The HRRR is resolving north to northwest winds up to 15 kts over the I-25 Corridor and the upper Arkansas River Valley this afternoon, in response to ideal mid-level flow oriented from the northwest. Low temperatures tonight will be above average as well. The plains will range the 40s, the San Luis Valley will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, the upper Arkansas River Valley will be in the 30s and the mountains will be in the 20s and 30s. Dry conditions are expected during the overnight hours. .LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday) Issued at 344 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 Pacific trough moves inland on Saturday, picking up some weak energy off the southern CA coast and ejecting it across CO during the afternoon. Southwest flow aloft and warming mid level temperatures will put highs well into the 80s across much of the plains with 60s and 70s for most of the mountain/valley communities. This weak wave brings sufficient moisture with it for some isolated to low end scattered showers and thunderstorms for the mountains. Model soundings show most of this moisture is mid and high based, so any precipitation looks light, and suspect showers will have a difficult time getting anything to reach the ground across the plains. Will keep POPs in the silent category east of the mountains through Sunday. Other concern will be low humidity readings and potential for an hour or two of gusty southwest to west winds during the late afternoon ...

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