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Colorado Uncompahgre River

Characteristics updated 9 months ago
Flow updated about 1 hour ago

The Uncompahgre River in Colorado offers a challenging fishing experience for both novice and experienced anglers. The preferred season for fishing is from late spring to early fall when the water levels are optimal. An ideal flow rate for fishing is between 100-300 CFS. However, river access can be an issue due to private property and limited public access points. River stewardship, sustainability, and conservation are top priorities for the Uncompahgre River. Troutleader.com provides the mean, temperature, and CFS rates for the river. Practicing Leave No Trace principles when fishing in the area is essential. For more information on river conservation, visit the nonprofit Running Rivers website. 

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Characteristics & Metrics

Headwater
Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
High Mountains
Clarity
⋅ May 15, 2023
Probably slightly off-color due to spring run-off.
GPS
37.919167,-107.619722
Caught
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Current Flow

Uncompahgre River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
Flow
(ft ³/s)
Mean
(ft ³/s)
uncompahgre river near ouray, co n/a 24.3 21.7
uncompahgre river near ridgway, co. n/a n/a 40.3
uncompahgre river below ridgway reservoir, co n/a 40.8 44.1
uncompahgre river at colona, co 37 n/a 52.9
uncompahgre river at delta, co 34 178 147
* Mean data is from Tuesday - February 20, 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.

UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT DELTA, CO.
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 148 cfs

Data Source: USGS
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT COLONA, CO.
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 53 cfs

Data Source: USGS
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER NEAR RIDGWAY, CO.
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 40 cfs

Data Source: USGS
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BELOW RIDGWAY RESERVOIR, CO
Update 3 days ago

Flow: 44 cfs

Data Source: USGS
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER NEAR OLATHE
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 98 cfs

Data Source: DWR
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER NEAR OURAY, CO
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 22 cfs

Data Source: USGS
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER AT UNCOMPAHGRE ROAD BRIDGE
Update about 8 hours ago

Flow: 38 cfs

Data Source: DWR

Images

Notations

Known Fish

Known Fish of the Uncompahgre River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 25 in.
Trout Rainbow 30 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.