Boulder creek doesn't run until the reservoir just below Ned fills up to the rim, then it spills and it goes from nothing to flood in one day, maybe someone from ned can tell us how close the lake level is?
Here is the Ned paddler with the Barker report. Barker is 7' from the top or so. It is filling, but the inflow has slowed with the cooler weather.
The Orodell guage is reporting 102 cfs. Most of this is coming down North Boulder Creek with little coming out of middle Boulder creek below the dam.
The 102 flow could be higher below 4 mile creek, if water is flowing in at 4 mile creek with all the lower level snow melting.
Not sure what you need for upper Boulder Creek, as I have yet to run it in my canoe? The whitewater park is probably doable. I personally do not like to paddle below the whitewater park through town without 240cfs in a canoe.
Although, for those interested, Boulder Creek is doable long before or after water is spilling over the dam; it just depends what section you want to run.
To run Four Mile down, you need a solid 250 cfs, however, you can run Butress rapid as low as 150. For this, you can put in using the steep emergency access path from the small parking lot at Butress Rock. This is also a fun slide for the boat abusers. The kayak park can be run as low as 80 cfs, although most would rather watch paint dry. You can go below the park as far as broadway with 150 cfs but really cant run anything below the broadway damn without having at least 200-250cfs.
Personally, I like having 300 cfs and runnning from Four Mile down to 30th. Classic and fun run.
for instance the minimum on bear creek is ~150 although runnable down to 73 or 74 and i had fun at 95; boulder creek through the "buttress" section is ~150 although i had fun on thursday at 102 and i've heard it's runnable down to the 70's or so. pine creek minimum is 200-300? i'd bet it's runnable at 100 and lower. left hand isn't running yet, but i had a fun run on thursday. bailey's minimum is 400? runnable down to 150ish.
as a general rule for colorado nothing is boatable until june 15th. then everything is dry by july 1st.
maybe we should set up a new rating:
more than runnable but less than minimum
Boulder creek might not be the best kayaking for some but the water is great right now. I kayaked in my creek boat with a friend from about 6 miles up the canyon and we had a blast. the last mile or so is at a great level and there is alot of fun to be had. I anyone wants to go call me.
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