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Colorado South Platte River

Characteristics updated 12 days ago
Flow updated about 1 hour ago
Available Segments 1

The South Platte River is a major river in the state of Colorado. It originates in the Rocky Mountains in the north-central part of the state and flows south through Denver, which is joined by the North Platte River. From there, it continues south through the eastern plains of Colorado and eventually empties into the Mississippi River. The river is a popular destination for fishing and rafting, and it is also an essential source of water for irrigation and other purposes.

As mentioned above, due to its proximity to the Front Range, it can get jam-packed. The river is known for its wild and beautiful brown and rainbow trout. The South Platte is a tailwater fishery. Some of the more popular segments, particularly during the warmer months, are Waterton Canyon, Deckers, Cheesman Canyon, and the Dream Stream. 

Characteristics & Metrics

Headwater
Dam
Reservoir
Clarity
⋅ Apr 11, 2024
GPS
39.16276858,-105.3102732
Caught
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Current Flow

South Platte River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
Flow
(ft ³/s)
Mean
(ft ³/s)
south platte river above cheesman lake, co. n/a 70.6 187
south platte river blw brush crk near trumbull, co n/a 119 139
south platte river below union ave, at englewood,c n/a 57.9 134
south platte river at englewood, co. 39 101 239
south platte r at 64th ave. commerce city, co. 40 25.5 14.0
south platte river at fort lupton, co. 40 267 415
south platte river at fort morgan, co 40 707 166
* Mean data is from Sunday - April 21, 2024
** Updated about 1 hour ago
*** streamflow is the volume of water flowing past a given point in the stream in a given period of time.(USGS)

Historical

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* Based on YTD -- 2024
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Additional Resources

River and steam flow data are acquired from multiped sources. This feature is only available in select states (Colorado only). Flows are updated multiple times a day. Data might be unavailable due to ice or other objects obstructing the gage.

SOUTH PLATTE RIVER AT SOUTH PLATTE
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 247 cfs

Data Source: DWR
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BELOW ANTERO RESERVOIR
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 13 cfs

Data Source: DWR

Segments

* 1 segment listed for the South Platte River
Name Fishy Updated
Upper Cheeseman Reservoir · Pretty Darn Fishy about 2 years ago

Images

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Jun 28, 2021

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Oct 03, 2021

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Jun 15, 2022

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Jun 15, 2022

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Jun 15, 2022

Notations

Craig Hoffman

about 2 years ago

Kristine fishing below Cheeseman Res in Jan 2022
Craig Hoffman

almost 3 years ago

Tough fishing and not very favorable weather (6/27/21).

Known Fish

Known Fish of the South Platte River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 20 in.
Trout Rainbow 20 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.