The Uncompahgre River

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The Uncompahgre River is born in the northwestern San Juan Mountains above the town of Ouray. In it’s 75 mile length, it passes through the towns of Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose, and Olathe, meeting the Gunnison River just north of Delta. Irrigation water plays a large role in the Uncompahgre. Water storage at the Ridgway Reservoir, and diversion dams starting at Trout Road.

The Montrose Water Sports Park is located Baldridge Park. The park consists of 1,000 feet of river, with six drops. The gradient is 11 feet for 1/5 mile. The river in Montrose is supported through return flows by the Uncompoahgre Valley Water Users.
 
 
 
 
 

Uncompahgre River Sections

Uncompahgre Gorge:
Uncompahgre Gorge “The Box”

Season: Spring-Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class or Rapids: IV-V (V=)
Length: 3.3 miles
Put-in: Red Mountain Creek
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Ouray to KOA Campground:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class or Rapids: III-V
Length: 2.2 miles
Put-in: Ouray
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Rollans Park to Ridgway Reservoir:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class or Rapids: II-III
Length: 4.5 miles
Put-in: Rolling Park in Ridgway
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Billy Creek SWA to Trout Road:
Season: Spring-Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class or Rapids: I-II
Length: na
Put-in: Billy Creek SWA
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Uncompahgre River At Delta

  • Water Temp: 50.9 ° F
  • Flow: 767 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 4.72 ft
USGS


 

Uncompahgre River Near Ouray

  • Flow: 35.6 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 0.84 ft
USGS

 

Uncompahgre River Near Ridgway

  • Flow: 76.4 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.06 ft
USGS

 

Uncompahgre River Below Ridgway Reservoir

  • Flow: 60.8 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 1.92 ft
USGS