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LODORE TO ECHO PARK

Green River - colorado
20th of May
Status TOO HIGH
Streamflow 9070 cfs
Average 3000 cfs
Runnable Min 800 cfs
Runnable Max 6000 cfs
Gradient 14 FPM
Length 19 Miles
Class III to III+
Current Weather 83° Partly Sunny then Partly Sunny and Breezy

Summary

Lodore to Echo Park is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Lodore To Echo Park today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 9070cfs, about 202% above the average runnable rate of 3000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Green River between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 6000cfs.

This class III to III+ journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Green River. Paddlers should prepare for the 8 class III to III+ whitewater rapids along this run. Lodore to Echo Park is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 9 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 19 miles of the beautiful Green River. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lodore To Echo Park are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Green River At Green River, Ut.


This run is also known as the Gates of Lodore and was run by the Powell expeditions in the 1800's.  Since this run's flow is controlled by Flaming Gorge Dam the season runs all year.  Permits are tough to come by but this run should be on your multi-day todo list. Weather on the river today will be partly sunny, with a high near 83. breezy, with a southeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: -16% Below Average

With a 9070cfs streamflow rate, Lodore To Echo Park is currently below its 10743cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by -16%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 9070cfs in 2019, and a high of 12500cfs seen in 2016. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 09315000



Hourly Forecast: 83° Today, Partly Sunny then Partly Sunny and Breezy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. to partly sunny, with a high near 83. breezy, with a southeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Forecasts predict more snow this week across Colorado, with up to 11" of new snowfall expected on the river over the next 5 days.

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KSLC 161121 AFDSLC Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT 521 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 .SYNOPSIS...Continued warm with locally strong winds today will precede a transition to much cooler and unsettled conditions for the latter portion of the week into early next week. && .SHORT TERM (Through 00z Monday)...Early morning water vapor and H5 analysis more clearly depict a transitional pattern evolution than just 12 hours previous, with the ridge that`s been overhead shifting further downstream while an impinging trough on the pac coast has further deepened/amplified upstream. Locally the eastern Great Basin remains beneath a strengthening SW flow aloft. Quite breezy most locales on Wednesday, even more so today with support from a sharpening MSLP gradient and strengthening H7 flow (35-45kts) late this morning through the afternoon. With encroachment of the aforementioned trough and cold front coincident, modest destabilization this afternoon coupled with a net increase of large-scale ascent within an increasingly diffluent environment will drive scattered convection across the western 2/3rds of the area as well. With vertical shear becoming increasingly strong this afternoon and boundary layer conditions remaining largely dry...the potential for isolated strong/severe winds remains a potential, but isn`t expected to be the norm. Have maintained the going wind advisory for most of the lower elevation valley locales due to the synoptic set up, while future shifts will handle any convective enhancement to that with short- fused warnings if needed. Cold frontal passage will translate west to east late day into the overnight hours tonight, lifting with a slight ENE trajectory as the parent trough transitions from near neutral to positive tilt in response to a strong near zonal jet max punching into the desert southwest. Post frontal CAA within a northwest flow will rapidly cool temps leading into Friday (some 20+ degrees vs. today), with snow levels lowering to just below 7kft as the trough translates overhead into Friday. Do expect fairly widespread precip, some mountain snow throughout the day, reinforced by a trailing short wave that will further enhance curvature Friday afternoon into the evening hours. .50-1.00 ...



Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Hells Half Mile

Enter left of center and then work right through the boulders.  Watch for Lucifer's Rock midway down the rapid.  You can run on the left or right of Lucifers but definitely avoid hitting it.

Scout from river left by landing above the rapid.
III to IV 5150.31 Feet
Winnies Rapid

read and run

II Feet
Upper Disaster Falls

Disaster Falls recieves its name due to the Powell party losing a boat here in the 1869 expedition.  This rapid is boulder lined so pick your line carefully throughout.  The top section has a drop in section followed by some shallows.  You then need to thread the needle between a large river right rock and rocks on the river left.

Scout river left from the large eddy
III to III+ 5271.95 Feet
Lower Disaster Falls

This is another rock filled rapid similar to upper disaster.  Stay on river left and avoid the rocks and undercut on the river right channel.

A beach landing exists above this rapid on river left you can scout from.
III to III+ 5490.49 Feet
Harp Falls

Pull over and scout from river left.
III to III+ 5256.85 Feet
Triplet Falls

This is a rock/boulder slalom course.  Many think this is the most technical rapid in Lodore Canyon.

Scout from triplet camp on river left or pull in on river left a little below the camp and scout.  Watch out for poison oak in this area.
III to III+ 5167.53 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

An easy class II rapid.  Rocks in the center.

Read and run
II to II+ 5324.74 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

An easy class II riffle with some waves

Read and run
II 5298.7 Feet

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Lodore to Echo Park Campsites

Lodore Campground

By the put-in

Wade and Curtis Camp

No beach, but plenty of tree cover. The landing is a little steep. Very short distance from put in, which is nice no serious rigging required on day 1.

Pot Creek Camps

Multiple sites here that can accommodate small or large groups.  On river right.

Kolb Camp

on river right

Triplet Camp

on river left

Ripling Brook Camps

A couple of camps on river right.  These are excellent camps (especially at lower water). Very nice tree cover

Wild Mountain Camp

on river right

Limestone Camp

On river left. Great covered camp, hike up the Limestone canyon. Has a nice beach, plenty of tree cover. 30 minutes to confluence.

Echo Park Campsites

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