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
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
19 cfs 2.2 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
15 cfs 2.4 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
119 cfs 1.5 ft
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
11 cfs 2.6 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
48 cfs 4.2 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
73 cfs 2.7 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
1 cfs 3.0 ft
Gore Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09065500
5 cfs 2.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
0.04" -1.56"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
6" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" -1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
3" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
2" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
2.31" -3.27"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
2" -2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 2"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
1" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
2" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" -2"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
0.07" -2.28"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
1" -2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
6" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
13" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
3" -2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
2" -1"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
0.03" -2.66"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
6" -1.3"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Silver Bar 4 8,312 ft
Cement Creek 13 8,967 ft
Taylor Canyon 7 8,373 ft
Sylvan Lake State Park 44 8,535 ft
Mollie B 27 7,895 ft
North Bank 17 8,433 ft
Mosca 16 9,986 ft
Silver Bell 14 8,520 ft
One Mile 25 8,411 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Lincoln Gulch 7 9,606 ft
Weller 11 9,393 ft
Difficult 47 8,139 ft
Little Maud 20 7,808 ft
Little Mattie 22 7,911 ft
Gypsum None 6,286 ft
Rosy Lane 20 8,460 ft
Spring Creek 12 8,544 ft
Dearhamer 13 7,792 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowmass -1" 43° 0.95"
Aspen Mountain 2" 46° 1.09"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 57° 2.16"
Buttermilk Mountain -1" 43° 0.95"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 45° 1.79"
Aspen Highlands -1" 43° 0.95"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Catherine Store Section 329.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Burns to Dotsero 984.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Castle Creek 119.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Oh Be Joyful 260.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
State Bridge to Burns 650.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Crystal Mill Falls 99.2cfs None Mi V- to V
Waterfall to Confluence 329.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
The Upper 19.2cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 650.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+