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 150cfs and a high of 600cfs. 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
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
124 cfs 1.2 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
15 cfs 2.7 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
252 cfs 2.7 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
43 cfs 1.3 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
17 cfs 4.9 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
13 cfs 0.9 ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
352 cfs 4.2 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
1 cfs 0.1 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
1 cfs 3.0 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
15 cfs 2.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
4" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" -1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
0.04" -1.56"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
2.31" -3.27"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
2" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
6" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
1" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
2" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
6" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
3.22" -0.96"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" -2"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.03" -2.86"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
2" -2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
0.65" -1.5"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
6" -1.3"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
13" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
4" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
3" -2"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
0.07" -2.28"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
2" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Snowblind 23 9,278 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper -182" 43° 0.62"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Vail 1" 48° 1.91"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 41° 0.33"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 57° 2.16"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 19.2cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 10.4cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 19.2cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 124.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Middle Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 45.6cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 124.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+