Blue River reaches 850 cfs |

Blue River reaches 850 cfs

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SILVERTHORNE ” As anticipated, outflow on the Blue River below Dillon Dam reached suitable levels for rafting on Friday. The river was rushing at roughly 850 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the morning, said Kevin Foley of Performance Tours Rafting.

“Just about everything coming in (to Dillon Reservoir) is coming out right now, which is great,” Foley said, as he prepared to lead 30 clients onto the river. “850 or 860 cfs is ideal rafting.”

The high water levels in the Blue are resulting from a wet spring that has filled Dillon Reservoir to capacity for the first time since 2001. Ten Mile Creek in Frisco is flowing at 404 cfs, and the Snake River in Keystone is flowing at 233 cfs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“We were told we would see raftable flows through the Fourth of July weekend,” Foley said. “Beyond that depends on rain, snowpack and water consumption in Denver.”

Currently the Roberts Tunnel, which is used to divert water to Denver Water’s Front Range customers, is closed. If Denver has a dry summer, however, the tunnel will likely reopen, and water levels in Summit’s rivers will lower.

“I’m thinking if we’re lucky we’ll get 10 days,” said John Cantamessa, owner of Good Times Rafting in Breckenridge. “But that’s really up to mother nature and the Denver Water Board.”

Cantamessa added that good river rafting conditions can be found around the county at present, especially in Clear Creek.

“Everything is running real nice,” Cantamessa said.

Andrew Tolve can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 251, or at

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