2023 ISF Recommendations

Pursuant to ISF Rule 5, the Colorado Water Conservation Board is providing notice that the following streams are being considered for appropriation. The earliest these streams could be recommended to the CWCB Board is at the January 2023 meeting. Staff is evaluating these recommendations for completeness and accuracy and performing an independent review of water availability. Staff requests public comment on these recommendations and urges any interested parties to provide comments to Rob Viehl. Detailed information regarding these proposed instream flow appropriations can be obtained by clicking on the stakeholder recommendation in the table below. Staff will provide regular updates to this table as information is received and developed.

Last Updated: [3/11/22]
Instream Flow Appropriations

Water
Division
Stream Name Supporting Documentation Recommending
Entity
County

Status  

1

Garber Creek
(Confl. North & South Garber Creeks to confl. West Plum Creek)

Preliminary Recommendation CPW Douglas Active
1

Herman Gulch (Increase)
(Headwaters to confl. Clear Creek)

Preliminary Recommendation CPW Clear Creek Active
1

Platte Gulch
(Headwaters to confl. Middle Fork South Platte)

Preliminary Recommendation CPW and Park County Park Active
1 Sulzer Gulch
(Headwaters to confl. Big Thompson River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW and Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources Larimer Active
1 Unnamed Tributary to Duck Creek
(Outlet of Lower Square Lake to Inlet Duck Lake)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Clear Creek Active
1 West Plum Creek
(Headwaters to confl. East Plum Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Douglas Active
2 Cottonwood Creek
(Headwaters to F. Keuhn Ditch No. 2 headgate)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Custer Active
2 Cottonwood Creek
(Confl. Salt Creek to Giem Ditch headgate)
  BLM Fremont Active
2 East Gulch
(Confl. Antelope Gulch to confl. Arkansas River)
  BLM Fremont Active
4 Beaver Dams Creek
(Headwaters to confl. East Fork Dry Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Ouray Active
4 Big A Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Red Canyon Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Montrose Active
4 Cameron Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Lottis Creek)
Recommendation Letter HCCA Gunnison Active
4

Cottonwood Creek (Increase)
(Hawkins Ditch Hdgt. to confl. Roubideau Creek)

  BLM Montrose Active
4 Cross Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Lottis Creek)
Recommendation Letter HCCA Gunnison Active
4 Cunningham Creek
(Headwaters to confl. WF Terror Creek)
  CPW Delta Candidate*
4 Curecanti Creek (Increase)
(Headwaters to confl. Morrow Point Reservoir)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison Active
4 East Fork Dry Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Beaver Dams Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Montrose, Ouray Active
4 East Muddy Creek
(Confl. Lee Creek to confl. West Muddy Creek)
Recommendation Letter BLM Gunnison Active
4

Goat Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Beaver Creek)

Recommendation Letter BLM San Miguel  Active
4 Kelly Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Red Canyon Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Montrose Active
4

Little Cimarron River (increase)
(Confl. Van Boxel Creek to Butte Ditch Hdgt)

Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison Candidate*
4 Little Cimarron River
(Butte Ditch headgate to confl. Cimarron River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison, Montrose Candidate*
4 Main Hubbard Creek
(headwaters to Overland Ditch)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Delta Active
4 Middle Hubbard Creek
(headwaters to Overland Ditch)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Delta Active
4

Monitor Creek
(U.S. Forest Service Property Boundary to confl. Potter Creek)

  BLM Montrose Active
4 Pine Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Morrow Point Reservoir)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison Active
4 Potter Creek (Increase)
(U.S. Forest Service Property Boundary to confl. Monitor Creek)
  BLM Montrose Active
4 Potter Creek (Increase)
(Confl. Monitor Creek to confl. Roubideau Creek)
  BLM Montrose Active
4 Red Canyon Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Big A Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Montrose Active
4 Sink Creek   CPW Delta Candidate*
4 Steuben Creek (Increase)
(Confl. West Steuben Creek to confl. Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison Active
4 Uncompahgre River   CPW Ouray Candidate*
4 Unnamed Tributary to East Fork Dry Creek
(Headwaters to confl. EF Dry Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Montrose
Ouray
Active
4 Van Boxel Creek (increase)
(Headwaters to confl. Little Cimarron River)
Recommendation Letter BLM Gunnison Active
4 West Hubbard Creek
(Headwaters to Overland Ditch)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Delta Active
4 West Muddy Creek
(Confl. Ault Creek to confl. East Muddy Creek)
Recommendation Letter BLM Gunnison Active
4 West Steuben Creek
(Headwaters to confl. East Steuben Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Gunnison Active
5 Coon Creek
(Coon Creek Reservoir 4 to South Side Canal)
Recommendation Letter BLM Mesa Active
5 Derby Creek (increase)
(Confl. South Derby Creek to confl. Colorado River)
Recommendation Letter BLM Eagle Active
5 Hack Lake Recommendation Letter BLM Garfield Active
5 Little Elk Creek
(Headwaters to Elk Creek No.1 Ditch)
Recommendation Letter BLM Pitkin Active
5 Rock Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Colorado River)
Preliminary Recommendation BLM Grand Active
6 Bear Creek
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield Active
6 Big Fish Creek
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield Active
6 East Marvine Creek
(Headwaters to confl. Marvine Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Rio Blanco Active
6 Hauskins Creek
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield Active
6 Hill Creek
(Headwaters to Hill Creek Ditch #2 &#3 hdgt.)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Rio Blanco Active
6 Lynx Creek 
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield Active
6 Milk Creek
(Confl. Wilson Creek to confl. Yampa River)
Recommendation Letter

BLM

Moffat Active
6 Mirror Creek
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Rio Blanco Active
6 Paradise Creek
(Headwaters to Paradise Ponds diversion hdgt.)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield, Rio Blanco Active
6

Piceance Creek 
(Headwaters to confl. unnamed tributary)

Recommendation Letter

BLM

Garfield, Rio Blanco Active
6

Piceance Creek 
(Confl. unnamed tributary to confl. Cow Creek)

Recommendation Letter

BLM

Rio Blanco Active
6 Picket Pin Creek
(Headwaters to confl. NF White River)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Garfield Active
6 South Fork White River
(Flat Tops Wilderness Boundary to confl. Swede Creek)
Preliminary Recommendation CPW Rio Blanco Active
6 Vermillion Creek
(Talamantes Creek to Ink Springs)
Recommendation Letter BLM Moffat Active
6 Vermillion Creek
(Ink Springs to Vermillion Ditch)
Recommendation Letter BLM Moffat Active
6 Vermillion Creek
(Vermillion Ditch to Green River)
Recommendation Letter BLM Moffat Active
6 Ways Gulch
(Headwaters to confl. Willow Creek)
Recommendation Letter BLM Routt Active
6 Wheeler Creek
(Headwaters to Akers Ditch)
Recommendation Letter BLM Jackson Active

*Candidate indicates that the segment is under investigation for a future ISF recommendation, but has not been formally noticed and will not be brought to the board in January 2023 

BLM: Bureau of Land Management
CPW: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
HCCA: High Country Conservation Advocates
USFS: U.S. Forest Service