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Saint Vrain, South Fork - colorado
Updated 2020-02-22T02:15:00
V to V+
Feet / Mile
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 20 cfs
Average 275 cfs
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Current Weather 53° Mostly Sunny
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READ THIS FIRST: SSV was heavily impacted by the Colorado floods of 2013.  The entire riverbed was rearranged in many sections. The banks are very unstable in some sections, and rapids are expected to shift as the water levels come back up.  Scout carefully and often!  2016 update: Most people are running the section from the narrows through 1 in 5 as it's currently the cleanest and least hazard free.  The main section as it's described in the Rapids section has been largely damaged and is full of hazards and marginal lines. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 53. west wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the morning.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Saint Vrain, South Fork.

Season Begins: April & Ends: July

Streamflow Conditions

The SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 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 20cfs, about -93% below the average runnable rate of 275cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Ssv - Confluence To Picnic Grounds are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at St. Vrain Creek At Lyons, Co..

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Saint Vrain, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 400cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across numerous class V to V+ obstacles as they float down this 5 mile stretch of the Saint Vrain, South Fork.

Weather Overview: 53° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. to mostly sunny, with a high near 53. west wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the morning. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 31° - 53°

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