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  1. 2020 Olympus Dam Releases to Big Thompson

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    Olympus Dam Release to the Big Thompson River Friday, May 29, 2020 0000 - 0130 -- Maintain a flow of 380 cfs. 0130 - 2400 -- Adjust the flow from 380 cfs to 430 cfs. (Thursday May 28: flow is 380 cfs)
  2. 2019 Big Thompson Flows Decreasing

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    Saturday, July 6, 2019 Olympus Dam Release to the Big Thompson River 0130 - 2400 -- Adjust the flow from 485 cfs to 260 cfs
  3. Big Thompson River (CO) Flows Rising

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    Friday, May 17 0000 hrs Adjust the Big T below flow from 300 cfs to 440 cfs.
  4. Big Thompson River Flows Higher Through November

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    Monday, July 24th is when the repair project on the CO Big Thompson Project (CBT) siphon will start. We shouldn't see the affect on the Big Thompson River until midnight of July 25th, when up to 400 cfs will be released on top of the amount flowing into Lake Estes (BTABESCO gage), around 200 -...
  5. Big Thompson Flows Increasing Poss to 550 cfs

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    Due to an area-wide power outage, the Pole Hill and Flatiron Power Plants of the Eastern Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation experienced unplanned outages after 2 p.m. today, 25 May. Due to these outages, we are redirecting flows back into the Big Thompson River from the Olympus...
  6. Big Thompson River Update

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    The Bureau of Reclamation is making an effort to keep the public informed about dam releases to the Big Thompson River via the Facebook page: Lake Estes and Olympus Dam Highway 34 was closed to the public from October 2016, opening May 25, 2017 for tourist season, and closing again in October...
  7. Big Thompson -Olympus Dam FB Page Flow Update

    Whitewater Kayaking
    From their Facebook page today, they are saying: Olympus tunnel flows will increase at 6:00 am tomorrow from 75 cfs to 150 cfs. At 7:00 am, flows will increase from 150 cfs to approximately 275 cfs. At 8:00 am, flows will increase from 275 cfs to 425 cfs.
  8. Big Thompson Watershed Recreation Assessment

    Boaters Forum | General Boating Topics
    Larimer County has hired Logan Simpson Landscape Design for $68,000 to prepare an assessment of recreation and conservation opportunities and potential actions in the flood damaged areas of the Big Thompson river in Larimer County. This conservation and recreation assessment and plan will...
  9. Big Thompson Hazards

    River Access & Safety Alerts!
    I didn't see any threads on the Big T so I'll share what I saw today. 50 meters below the cherry store dam is a near river wide tree. Otherwise the rest of the run to the canyon mouth is clean. On the main section at the bottom of the 4+ rapid (used to be called heads and tails) there is...
  10. Big Thompson River Update

    Whitewater Kayaking
    I live right on the river - the flood caused a MAJOR OVERHAUL. we are missing several damns, there is a log totally across the river in the big bend above the handicap parking (you can just barely see it from the road),there are several NEW wires across the river with no trespassing signs on...
  11. the Big Thompson as we knew it

    Whitewater Kayaking
    Is now gone. I drove up today to have a look, and wow, it has changed. I am starting this thread for other peoples opinions of rapids and rock deposits. It looks like a lot of big rocks have turned over and might cause undercuts at flows of 300 and up. Mostly above and below Drake. The gnar...
  12. Big Thompson up to 175cfs... is it gonna get higher???

    Whitewater Kayaking
    Kara Lamb we need your help! Thank you.
  13. Big Thompson Beat Down

    Whitewater Kayaking
    With the lack of snow pack and all the fires causing most boaters to fall into a state of shock, I thought I’d invite anyone and everyone who may be interested in a good time to come on up to Estes Park to run the Big Thompson! … “The Big Thompson??!!! What? There’s a river in Estes Park?” …...
  14. wood in big thompson above gnar

    River Access & Safety Alerts!
    there is a river wide tree down across the big thompson above the gnar just below the tree that you go under that was cleaned up this winter. it is a really bad spot and is collecting lots of wood. There are good eddys on river left just above it, but there is no way around it. we went over it...
  15. Big Thompson is running...even for you guys!

    Kayaking | Trip Planner
    So is 461 cfs still boat scraping? I'm in the canyon right now!
  16. Big Thompson is running

    Whitewater Kayaking
    364 CFS. Division From Kara: Tonight, June 11, after midnight, we will bump releases from Olympus Dam on Lake Estes up to 365 cubic feet per second. The increase will be made in several steps of 100 cfs each. As a result, by Tuesday morning, June 12, flows in the river at the top of the...
  17. stories/photos from the '97 Big Thompson Flood?

    Whitewater Kayaking
    Doing a project on the '97 Big Thompson Flood in Ft. Collins/CSU. Does anybody have any cool stories or photos from the flood to share? Gracias!
  18. Big Thompson video

    Whitewater Kayaking
    I put together a video from this fall on the Big T. Now that the weather has gotten cold and there's not much to paddle, I really miss those days where you could just slap on a drysuit and three underlayers and go paddle, and have almost no ice form on your chest afterwards. These days, it's...
  19. Found: Throw bag on Big Thompson

    Lost & Found
    I found a wiener shaped throw bag on the bank midway down the Drake rapid. I don't care for the color so don't want to keep it. It it's yours let me know and you can have it back. Otherwise I'll probably just uncoil it and dump it in Gore sometime next year.
  20. FYI Big Thompson fans

    Whitewater Kayaking
    With Pole Hill, Pinewood, and Flatiron under maintenance, it is very likely we will wind up running some water down the Big Thompson Canyon, releasing from Olympus Dam on Lake Estes. After October 28, flows in the canyon could be as high as 350 cfs. They could stay at that level into...
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