The Elk River

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The Elk River is 34.2 miles long, and is formed from the confluence of the North Fork of the Elk River and the Middle Fork of the Elk River, just north of Steamboat Springs. The Elk River flows into the Yampa River just west of Steamboat Springs.

The first section of the Elk River below the Seedhouse Campground is the Box Canyon run with Class V-V+ drops for it’s first 1.8 miles. This little canyon, with it’s sheer walls has an adverage depth of 30 feet. Once past the Box Canyon portion, the Elk mellows out for twenty plus miles of Class III water until it meets the Yampa River.
 


 

Elk River- Box Canyon
Season: Spring-Fall
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: V
Length: 1.3 miles
Put-in: Below Seedhouse Campground (confluence of Middle Fork Elk River)
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Seedhouse Campground to Glen Eden Bridge

Season: Spring- Fall
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III- V+
Length: 8 miles
Put-in: same as above
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Two miles above Mad Creek to Mad Creek:
Season: Spring- Fall
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-II
Length: 2 miles
Put-in: 2 miles above Mad Creek
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