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 River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
215 cfs 1.7 ft
Cherry Creek At Denver
USGS 06713500
25 cfs 3.4 ft
Pine Creek Abv Briargate Pkwy
USGS 07103965
2 cfs 10.6 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
55 cfs 1.4 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
659 cfs 4.1 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
13 cfs 4.1 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
141 cfs 4.4 ft
South Platte River At Henderson
USGS 06720500
601 cfs 4.4 ft
Little Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06719840
5 cfs 7.5 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
142 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 0" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
October Hole 270.0cfs None Mi II
Upper Clear Creek 288.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 82.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 681.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 12.4cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 288.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 270.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Golden Whitewater Park 140.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Main Section 57.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V