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.

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 American Whitewater.org

Billy Creek SWA to Trout Road:

Trout Road Take-out


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 Near Ouray

  • Flow: 17.6 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 0.53 ft
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Uncompahgre River Near Ridgway

  • Flow: 70.4 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 1.98 ft
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Uncompahgre River Below Ridgway Reservoir

  • Flow: 45.8 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 1.84 ft
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Uncompahgre River At Delta

  • Water Temp: 48.02 ° F
  • Flow: 684 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 4.41 ft
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