Castle Creek


This is a fun, short, easy creek run near Aspen, usually combined with the Slaughterhouse section on the Roaring Fork. Although this run has no big drops, it's fast and creeky, requiring some quick maneuvers and providing an excellent introduction to creeking. This run is notorious for wood so be vigilant about ensuring safe passage.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Castle Creek are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 1,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09110000, the Taylor River At Almont Remember only watercraft are permitted at Castle Creek.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
54 cfs 0.1 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
16 cfs 2.0 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
-999 cfs -0.7 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
13 cfs 2.6 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
144 cfs 3.2 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
6 cfs 2.3 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
40 cfs 0.9 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
79 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
7.11" -1.26"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Sylvan Lake State Park 44 8,535 ft
Cement Creek 13 8,967 ft
Silver Bar 4 8,312 ft
Little Maud 20 7,808 ft
Lincoln Gulch 7 9,606 ft
Mollie B 27 7,895 ft
Taylor Canyon 7 8,373 ft
Spring Creek 12 8,544 ft
Mosca 16 9,986 ft
Rosy Lane 20 8,460 ft
Silver Bell 14 8,520 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Little Mattie 22 7,911 ft
North Bank 17 8,433 ft
Gypsum None 6,286 ft
Weller 11 9,393 ft
One Mile 25 8,411 ft
Difficult 47 8,139 ft
Dearhamer 13 7,792 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Beaver Creek Resort 22" 53° 9.58"
Aspen Mountain 39" 45° 11.37"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Castle Creek 140.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Burns to Dotsero 1290.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
State Bridge to Two Bridges 701.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
State Bridge to Burns 701.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+