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LOWER BOULDER CANYON

Boulder Creek - colorado
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 10 a.m.
Class
IV- to V-
Hard
Length
None
Miles
Gradient
None
Feet / Mile
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 4 cfs
Average 550 cfs
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Current Weather 97° Hot
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As a Boulder local, I have a love hate relationship with Boulder creek.  It's Boulder's main artery and so much fun at elusive high flows, but so rocky and poor quality at low flows.  Why people insist on dropping everything to run this stretch of "almost" whitewater at 200 cfs is beyond me, especially since there are almost always better options with just a little extra driving.  Maybe it's the hords of slightly intoxicated college girls in bikinis tubing through the sticky whitewater park in town.  For me, the run gets good when the tubing ban goes into effect for the creek (about 500 cfs). Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Boulder Creek.

Season Begins: April & Ends: July



Streamflow Conditions

The Lower Boulder Canyon 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 4cfs, about -99% below the average runnable rate of 550cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lower Boulder Canyon are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Boulder Creek At Mouth Near Longmont, Co.


Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Boulder Creek are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 1300cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across numerous class IV- to V- obstacles as they float down this mile stretch of the Boulder Creek.



Weather Overview: 97° Today, Hot

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. to mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 85° - 97°



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