Crystal River - Crystal Mill Falls

Colorado-US  

Description

This is a park and huck at the famous Crystal Mills Falls, the scene adorning many a Colorado postcard.  As we pulled over with all the other tourists and began unloading boats, I told my buddies, "Normally I never kayak just for the photos, but this one, it's just for the photo."  At low flows this drop is fairly easy, but beginner and intermediate boaters should still take heed as getting flipped in the upper slot and running this one upside down could result in a serious injury.  At higher flows, a strong hole forms on river left at the base of the falls, which frequently doles out beatdowns and swims.

Statistics

KSC
Class V- to V
Current Flow 44.7 CFS
12-18-2018 05:00
Recommended Flow Minimum: 400.0
Average: 800.0
Maximum: 2000.0
Typical Season Begins: May
Ends: July
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge CRYSTAL RIVER ABV AVALANCHE CRK, NEAR REDSTONE, CO
Length Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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Crystal Mills Falls

06-29-2013 - It's all about the photo

Photo By: Kevin Cripps

Subject: Ian Howells