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Old 05-08-2013   #1
 
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Boulder Creek Gauge Broken?

Just walked by Boulder Creek. Looked much higher than 70cfs. Anyone know if the gauge is broken?

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Old 05-08-2013   #2
 
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Gauge is above Fourmile which is putting in a bunch of runoff from the lower hills.

From the DWR ORODELL gauge info page:

Location - Lat. N.40񲞬3.5; Long. W.1051949.8 (NAD83) Boulder County, CO, Hydrologic Unit 10190005. Gage is on the left bank of Boulder Creek 0.3 miles downstream from the City of Boulder抯 Boulder Canyon Hydroelectric Facility and 1.1 miles upstream from Fourmile Creek, or 8.5 miles east of Barker Reservoir and 2.6 miles west of the Boulder Public Library which is adjacent to the Boulder Creek at Boulder, CO (BOCOBOCO) stream gage.
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Thanks makes sense
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Old 05-08-2013   #4
 
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Logs in river

If anyone is getting out there make sure to look for logs there are a few I've seen from the road from 4 mile down.
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Anybody have an estimate what the flow is from fourmile down? Is it worth driving 20 minutes to run it?
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Using Orodell and this gauge gives you a pretty good idea:
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 06730200 BOULDER CREEK AT NORTH 75TH ST. NEAR BOULDER, CO I'm not aware of any heavy diversions in between (anyone?).

I know 4 mile pumps in a decent amount of water this time of year or during a rain event (esp after the fire), but it's never so much that it'd push me over the edge to do or not do the canyon run.

My answer to is it worth running would be, fuck no. But people run Boulder Creek at all kinds of ridiculously low flows. It's a pet peeve of mine. When Boulder Creek is 150 cfs, Clear Creek, Saint Vrains, or something else nearby almost always has way better boating and they are just a tad further, even if you live in Boulder. You don't even really take a stroke in Boulder Creek until it gets over 350 (except the Buttress, which requires 2 or 3). I think people in Boulder just get uncomfortable if they get outside of a 10 mile radius from Southern Sun.

And hopefully people are always on the lookout for wood on Boulder Creek. It's a frequent problem and it moves often.
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Actually I am probably closer to Lyons than Boulder creek. I just want to try out my new creek boat.
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This gauge is probably better, when water is coming in below Orodell. There are some diversions above it though.

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someone on here once claimed to have run Buttress st 65 cfs..200 is low but good to go...lefthand looked close (3 inches below line on rock gauge) Sunday but had the feel of coming up soon..so SSV maybe next week when it is supposed to be in the 80's..lots of folks playing in Lyons, looked pretty low but they were getting in practice at least..hope it rains hard enough for urban bs runs... getting ' real antsy....
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Where is that CDWR gauge located?
What's the deal with the Lefthand rock gauge - where is it? what do the marks mean? Not that I'd run that sorry excuse for a creek, but a, uh, friend might want to know.
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