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
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
1,080 cfs 5.1 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
873 cfs 8.8 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
77 cfs 4.0 ft
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
857 cfs 5.2 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
175 cfs 3.7 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
36 cfs 1.3 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
75 cfs 2.7 ft
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
208 cfs 2.0 ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents
USGS 09115500
216 cfs 1.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
3.21" -2.63"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lincoln Gulch 7 9,606 ft
Silver Bar 4 8,312 ft
Taylor Canyon 7 8,373 ft
Little Mattie 22 7,911 ft
Mollie B 27 7,895 ft
Difficult 47 8,139 ft
Sylvan Lake State Park 44 8,535 ft
Silver Bell 14 8,520 ft
Rosy Lane 20 8,460 ft
Cement Creek 13 8,967 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Weller 11 9,393 ft
Gypsum None 6,286 ft
One Mile 25 8,411 ft
Spring Creek 12 8,544 ft
Little Maud 20 7,808 ft
Dearhamer 13 7,792 ft
North Bank 17 8,433 ft
Mosca 16 9,986 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Highlands 30" 61° 8.42"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 61° 4.84"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 61° 8.42"
Aspen Mountain 37" 60° 10.81"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 72° 8.64"
Snowmass 30" 61° 8.42"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Castle Creek 203.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 552.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Burns to Dotsero 4040.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-