The San Miguel River

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The San Miguel River rises in the northern slopes of the San Juan Mountains near Telluride. The San Miguel, at 81 miles in length, is short and mighty with many options for the kayaker. Flowing from Telluride, past the towns of Placerville, Nucla, and Naturita, the San Miguel ends with the confluence of the Dolores River in Montrose County, just 15 miles east of the Utah state line. Lower river hazards include three diversion dams, and cattle fences starting at the Highway 145 brodge east of Norwood. The San Miguel flows from Alpine ecosystem into the desert, over a 7,000 foot drop in elevation.

San Miguel River Sections

Bilik Creek to Down Valley Park (Sawpit):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 10.2 miles
Put-in: Bilk Creek
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Down Valley Park to Specie Creek:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 6.5 miles
Put-in: Down Valley Park
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Specie Creek to Beaver Creek:

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II+
Length: na
Put-in: Specie Creek
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Beaver Creek to Pinon Bridge:

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 20 miles
Put-in: Beaver Creek
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Pinon Bridge to Naturita:

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I (IV- Varies with level)
Length: na
Put-in: Pinon Bridge
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Naturita to Dolores Confluence:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids:
Length: miles
Put-in: Naturita
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San Miguel River at Uravan

  • Water Level: 2.56 ft
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San Miguel River Near Placerville

  • Water Level: 3.79 ft
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San Miguel River at Brooks Bridge Near Nucla

  • Water Level: 1.66 ft
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