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
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
77 cfs 3.6 ft
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
9 cfs 0.5 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
2 cfs 5.2 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
36 cfs 4.6 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
137 cfs 6.4 ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
244 cfs 3.8 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
36 cfs 1.3 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
18 cfs 3.2 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
7 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Snowblind 23 9,278 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 56° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 76° 0"
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
Vail -1" 64° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 67° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 744.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 744.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 744.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 231.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Numbers 744.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 231.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Silverthorne Town Run 190.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 407.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 744.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 515.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 432.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Fractions 744.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 744.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III