Clear Creek Of The Arkansas


This is another typical class V Colorado run that doesn't have a long season.  Look to run this at higher flows which typically happen during the snow melt seasons of April and May.  This stretch has lots of technical sections with mini drops, rocks and wood hazards.  You can scout good portions of this from the dirt road that parallels most of the run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Clear Creek are between a bare minimum of cfs and a high of cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07086500, the Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir Remember only watercraft are permitted at Clear Creek of the Arkansas.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Saguache Creek Near Saguache
USGS 08227000
43 cfs 1.4 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -4.1 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
202 cfs 1.6 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
-999 cfs -1.2 ft
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
123 cfs 1.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
21 cfs 1.1 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
6 cfs 3.0 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
7 cfs 6.7 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
256 cfs 2.8 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
54 cfs 0.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Snowblind 23 9,278 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 35" 39° 6.43"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Vail 31" 41° 10.93"
Beaver Creek Resort 22" 53° 9.58"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 15.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 67.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 53.9cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 36.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 256.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-