Golden Whitewater Park


Miss getting aggro at your local California surf break?  Haven't seen a bikini since your spring break trip to Cancun?  Tube rides at Water World too long?  Only have an hour to get some kayak practice?  You've come to the right place because Golden has it all.  Any warm afternoon when the water's running you'll find Denver's best freestyle boaters hogging the playholes as you wait in line trying to figure out how to not instantly get flushed out of the hole.  If the water is moderate to low and the air temperature high, hordes of people will be floating down this stretch in everything from SUP boards to blow up alligators.  It's a scene, but if you go with the flow, you're bound to have a good time.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Clear Creek are between a bare minimum of 100cfs and a high of 1,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06752280, the Cache La Poudre R Ab Boxelder C Remember only watercraft are permitted at Golden Whitewater Park.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
83 cfs 2.1 ft
Cache La Poudre R Ab Boxelder C
USGS 06752280
366 cfs 3.6 ft
Cache La Poudre River At Fort Collins
USGS 06752260
588 cfs 3.2 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
0 cfs 9.5 ft
Cottonwood Creek At Woodmen Rd Nr Colo Springs
USGS 07103980
1 cfs 0.5 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
35 cfs 5.1 ft
West Monument Creek Below Rampart Reservoir
USGS 07103797
3 cfs 4.5 ft
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
186 cfs 1.4 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
100 cfs 2.3 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
20 cfs 8.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 18" 60° 27.92"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Clear Creek 60.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+