Roaring Fork, streams predicted to rise |

Roaring Fork, streams predicted to rise

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen Co, Colorado

ASPEN ” Area rivers and streams, especially those not controlled by upstream dams, were predicted to gradually rise this week due to a warming trend, according to a report from Jim Pringle of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Pringle calls for a slight drop in flows this Saturday, however, due to cooling from a front moving through this Friday. This is to be followed by rising levels during the first few days of next week, according to a news release from Pitkin County.

The county cited a Pringle report stating that last week the Roaring Fork River near Aspen reached a peak stage of 2.9 feet. The Roaring Fork is considered “bankfull” at 4.0 feet and at flood stage when it hits 5.0 feet.

The latest Colorado Basin River Forecast Center prediction is that the Roaring Fork should reach a peak of 3.27 feet by May 30, drop slightly on May 31, then begin rising again on June 1. It is expected to peak again on June 3 at 3.72 feet, and forecasters decline to make any predictions beyond that date.

The Crystal River near Redstone reached a peak stage of 3.94 feet last week, according to Pitkin County. Bankfull in the Crystal is 3.0 feet and flood stage is 5.0 feet.

“Based on the current model temperature forecasts, the Crystal River is expected to continue rising (except for a brief lowering on Saturday) and reach a peak stage of 4.8 feet on Friday, June 6th,” said Pringle.

For more information about local rivers and creeks visit the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center website at or for complete flood preparedness information visit

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