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
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
1,250 cfs 3.8 ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
75 cfs 2.7 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
2,430 cfs 6.7 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
505 cfs 3.3 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
161 cfs 4.4 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
48 cfs 1.4 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
90 cfs 1.5 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
-999 cfs 4.4 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
77 cfs 4.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
3.21" -2.63"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Snowblind 23 9,278 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
Vail 40" 62° 12.35"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 17.23"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 72° 8.64"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 57° 8.29"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 796.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 796.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-