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Arkansas River - colorado
20th of May
Streamflow 641 cfs
Average 1800 cfs
Runnable Min 500 cfs
Runnable Max 4000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 12 Miles
Class II to III
Current Weather 64° Partly Sunny then Slight Chance T-storms


Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 641cfs, about -64% below the average runnable rate of 1800cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Arkansas River between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 4000cfs.

This class II to III journey is accessible from Access - Big Bend River Acccess along the Arkansas River. Paddlers should prepare for the 2 class II to III whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge To Salida Ww Park) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Arkansas River Below Granite, Co.

If you are looking for a longer run that ends in some of the best play waves in the country then this is for you.  This section has some rapids and flatwater above the town that is good for beginners to lose their training wheels.  See the Salida Whitewater Park on the river listings for info about that. Weather on the river today will be a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. partly sunny, with a high near 64. west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Season Begins: April & Ends: August

Seasonal Flow Status: % Below Average

With a 641cfs streamflow rate, Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge To Salida Ww 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: 64° Today, Partly Sunny then Slight Chance T-storms

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers between 1pm and 5pm, then a chance of snow showers after 5pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. West northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. to a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. partly sunny, with a high near 64. west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Forecasts predict more snow this week across Colorado, with up to 7" of new snowfall expected on the river over the next 5 days.

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KPUB 161053 AFDPUB Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pueblo CO 453 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight) Issued at 453 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 More clouds and enhanced westerly winds into the surface lee trough have kept temperatures warmer tonight across southern CO with . readings in the 50s to lower 60s across the plains and 40s for the valleys and 30s across the mountains. With increasing southwest flow ahead of the incoming system along the CA coast today, should see another warm day across southern CO with temperatures pushing into the 90s across the plains, and 70s to near 80 across the valleys, and 50s and 60s for the mountains. This will continue the snow melt with increasing flows and rising water levels on mountain creeks and streams. Wouldn`t be too surprised to hear of some of the smaller creeks reaching bankfull later today based on recent trends in stream gages out west. Meanwhile, with increasing winds today, expect critical fire weather conditions across much of the plains during the afternoon. Fortunately, the recent green up has put fuels in the non-receptive category according to land management agencies, so no fire weather highlights are anticipated. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms will still be possible across the mountains today with model soundings showing a slight increase in mid/high based moisture ahead of the west coast system. PV fields show a weak wave ejecting into western CO ahead of the main impulse rotating into NV and western UT later tonight. However with rather dry low levels, main threat will be localized erratic gusty winds and lightning but little rainfall. While focus area will likely be along the Continental Divide, high res models and the NAM12 indicate another potential focus along the Palmer Divide/Pikes Peak region this afternoon. Wouldn`t be too surprised to see gusts exceed 50 mph from any high based showers as they move into the adjacent lower elevations late this afternoon through this evening. Otherwise, convection should wind down this evening, except along the Continental Divide where increasing moisture ahead of the ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Squaw Creek Rapid

This rapid is a debris fan from the Squaw Creek drainage on river right.  At low water navigating through the river bed can be challenging with all the rocks.  At higher flows this area gets easier.

Scout from the road
II+ to III 7199.23 Feet
Shavano Hatchery low-head dam

As you approach the town of Salida there is a dam you will want to avoid.  There are warning signs posted as you get near the dam when heading down river.  Make sure to scout and run the boat chutes on river left.

III 7083.2 Feet

Regional 5 Day Forecasts

Run Overview

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