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
Little Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06719840
2 cfs 7.3 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
4 cfs 4.5 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
19 cfs 1.4 ft
Sand Creek Above Mouth At Colorado Springs
USGS 07105600
2 cfs 2.3 ft
Michigan River Near Cameron Pass
USGS 06614800
0 cfs 2.4 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
43 cfs 0.6 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
8 cfs 1.6 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs -0.2 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
7 cfs 0.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 28" 45° 12.76"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Golden Whitewater Park 1.98cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 62.1cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 46.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Idledale to Morrison 10.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Clear Creek 46.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-