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Bear Creek - colorado
20th of May
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 49 cfs
Average 400 cfs
Runnable Min 150 cfs
Runnable Max 800 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 3 Miles
Class IV+ to V
Current Weather 52° Chance Rain/Snow then Chance Showers


Idledale to Morrison is currently TOO LOW to be paddled and you could find yourself bottoming out on rocks. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 49cfs, about -88% below the average runnable rate of 400cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Bear Creek between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 800cfs.

This class IV+ to V journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Bear Creek. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Idledale To Morrison are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Bear Creek At Mouth, At Sheridan, Co..

This is a short but fun run from Idledale to Morrison.  The run is in a rocky creekbed with unrelenting gradient.  Though the rapids are continuous with few eddies, it offers a great introduction to creeking with relatively easy moves and tame consequences compared to solid class V runs, but has enough action to keep even the most seasoned class V creekboaters entertained. Weather on the river today will be a chance of rain and snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain showers. some thunder is also possible. mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. light and variable wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. chance of precipitation is 50%. little or no snow accumulation expected.

Season Begins: April & Ends: June

Seasonal Flow Status: -69% Below Average

With a 49cfs streamflow rate, Idledale To Morrison is currently below its 158cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by -69%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 13cfs in 2012, and a high of 630cfs seen in 2015. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 06711500

Hourly Forecast: 52° Today, Chance Rain/Snow then Chance Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. to sunny, with a high near 71. Forecasts predict more snow this week across Colorado, with up to 14" of new snowfall expected on the river over the next 5 days.

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KBOU 300309 AFDBOU Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO 909 PM MDT Mon Apr 29 2019 .UPDATE... Issued at 909 PM MDT Mon Apr 29 2019 An active and unsettled period continues tonight. One batch of showers is moving across the northeast plains as another upper disturbance approaches from the southwest. This next disturbance has generated a good amount of showers and thunderstorms over the western half of the state through this evening. Areas of snow should be increasing over the mountains and out onto the plains over the next couple hours. Will not make any changes to the ongoing forecast and set of highlights, which are in effect for the mountains and foothills through 6 AM tomorrow morning. && .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday) Issued at 133 PM MDT Mon Apr 29 2019 Current GOES-16 satellite imagery shows the low center spinning over southern California with a stream of moisture from the Gulf moving through Colorado. Over Colorado, there are some lightning strikes over portions of SW colorado associated with lift from the subtropical jet. This will help to increase synoptic scale lift ahead of the low pressure system and continue snow into early Tuesday. Currently the right entrance region of the upper jet is over NE colorado helping to increase snow intensity across the northern portions of the CWA with help from SE flow at the surface. The mountains continue to see a drop in snow levels with some accumulation already for the higher terrain. Another 5 to 10 inches is possible for the mountains with the foothills above 6000 ft seeing 3 to 6 inches by the afternoon hours on Tuesday. At lower elevations, the issue continues to be temperatures for P-type concerns and accumulation amounts into Tuesday. Currently, most areas on the place are sitting in the mid 30s with no expectation of much more warming. If the highs are able to stay in the mid to upper 30s, most snow that will fall will have a hard time accumulating on paved surfaces. Lows overnight will drop to just around freezing, aiding ...

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