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
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
375 cfs 3.1 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
231 cfs 3.3 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
67 cfs 2.1 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
10 cfs 0.6 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
257 cfs 2.0 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
411 cfs 3.2 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
316 cfs 3.7 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
190 cfs 5.6 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
2 cfs 2.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mollie B 27 7,895 ft
Little Maud 20 7,808 ft
Dearhamer 13 7,792 ft
Lincoln Gulch 7 9,606 ft
Little Mattie 22 7,911 ft
North Bank 17 8,433 ft
Mosca 16 9,986 ft
Spring Creek 12 8,544 ft
Difficult 47 8,139 ft
Rosy Lane 20 8,460 ft
Sylvan Lake State Park 44 8,535 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Cement Creek 13 8,967 ft
Weller 11 9,393 ft
One Mile 25 8,411 ft
Taylor Canyon 7 8,373 ft
Gypsum None 6,286 ft
Silver Bar 4 8,312 ft
Silver Bell 14 8,520 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 63° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Aspen Mountain 0" 64° 0"
Aspen Highlands 0" 63° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 76° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Burns to Dotsero 1840.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
The Upper 231.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Castle Creek 366.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
State Bridge to Burns 590.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
State Bridge to Two Bridges 590.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+