Roaring River (Colorado)

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Roaring River [1]
Roaring River - Alluvial Fan.jpg
The Roaring River meets the alluvial fan created by the Lawn Lake flood of 1982
Physical characteristics
  coordinates 40°28′15″N105°38′48″W / 40.47083°N 105.64667°W / 40.47083; -105.64667
  elevation11,519 ft (3,511 m)
Confluence with Fall River
40°24′34″N105°38′13″W / 40.40944°N 105.63694°W / 40.40944; -105.63694 Coordinates: 40°24′34″N105°38′13″W / 40.40944°N 105.63694°W / 40.40944; -105.63694
8,563 ft (2,610 m)
Basin features
Progression FallBig Thompson
South PlattePlatte

The Roaring River is a 6.5-mile-long (10.5 km) [2] tributary of the Fall River in Larimer County, Colorado. The river's source is Crystal Lake in the Mummy Range of Rocky Mountain National Park The river flows through Lawn Lake before a confluence with the Fall River in Horseshoe Park. The collapse of the Lawn Lake Dam in 1982 scoured the river's channel and deposited an alluvial fan of debris in Horseshoe Park. [3]

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  1. "Roaring River". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 25, 2011
  3. "The Lawn Lake Flood". Town of Estes Park. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011.