Big Thompson - Idylwilde Section

Colorado-US  

Description

Run from below Idylwilde Dam to the next dam downstream.

Fun run that starts out with the crux. Put in directly below the dam and peel out into a 1/4 mile of class IV read and run. Blue House Hole can dish out a beating or a swim to those that choose the wrong line or take a poor boof stroke. Bridge rapid leads into a right turn where you want to take the left channel. One more stair stepping class IV rapid then a class III walled in section to the take out pool above the dam. 

Put in: Below Idylwilde Dam

Take out: Cherry Store Dam

Statistics

Joshua Darnell
Class IV to IV+
Current Flow 26.2 CFS
03-30-2017 02:00
Recommended Flow Minimum: 300.0
Average: 400.0
Maximum: 500.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: January
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge BIG THOMPSON RIVER BELOW LAKE ESTES
Length Mile(s)
Gradient FPM