2019 was the first full season for the Eagle whitewater park. This is how the waves were initially planned. As of the spring of 2019, they are all up and running:
200 cfs or so may be enough to surf a SUP, but may not be enough for shortboards yet.
The fourth feature is beginning to work with a lot of volume around 550 cfs, with the third coming to life around 1,200 cfs, with prime flows coming in around 1,900 cfs. Eddies are plentiful but fall flat – even at decent flows the riverbed is still pretty shallow.
With more water, the second wave is surfing well on a shortboard from 800-1700 cfs. Wave 3 is better above 1400cfs. SUP’s do better on waves 3 and 4. Many of the waves look to have foam piles rather than clean green faces, but they still give up plenty of surfing.
A couple photos; thanks to Farnham St. John for the info and media:
With spring runoff and flows over 3,000 cfs, the second wave gets fast and steep and chunky and fun. Even over 2,000 cfs it’s a fun, rowdy wave. Not as glassy as Glenwood, but often steeper. It moves a lot though, with surges and changes underfoot that you need to stay on top of.
The Eagle Below Gypsum gauge should give the best sense of the flows at the park. As mentioned above, things come to life over 500 cfs, but improve significantly over 1,200.
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The park includes a large gravel parking area and bathrooms off of Chambers, just east of the fairgrounds. There is also an outdoor gas “campfire” for warming up on chilly days.