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Arkansas River - colorado
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 9:45 a.m.
Feet / Mile
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 363 cfs
Average 1800 cfs
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Current Weather 81° Mostly Sunny
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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 mostly sunny, with a high near 81. west southwest wind around 5 mph.

This run is accessible from just a single access point, Access - Big Bend River Acccess, located along the Arkansas River.

Season Begins: April & Ends: August

Streamflow Conditions

The Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 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 363cfs, about -73% below the average runnable rate of 1800cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge To Salida Ww Park) are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Arkansas River Below Granite, Co.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 4000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 2 class II to III obstacles as they float down this 12 mile stretch of the Arkansas River.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Squaw Creek Rapid Class II+ to III 7199.23 Feet
Shavano Hatchery low-head dam Class III 7083.2 Feet

Weather Overview: 81° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. to a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. increasing clouds, with a high near 82. northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 78° - 82°

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