Gore Canyon


Gore Canyon or "Gore" is the run that all kayakers want to hit to consider themselves coming of age.  Every state or area has classic runs and Gore is Colorado's crown jewel at the head of the mighty Colorado river.  Once the Colorado river has gained some volume after flowing out of Rocky Mountain NP it cuts a rowdy path through Gore Canyon leaving some of the best solid IV and light V rapids in the state.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 370cfs and a high of 2,400cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09058000, the Colorado River Near Kremmling Remember only watercraft are permitted at Gore Canyon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Applesauce
Class IV+
Gore Rapid
Class V- to V
Scissors
Class IV to IV+
Pyrite
Class IV+
Little Scissors
Class IV
Shawn's Hole (aka Kayaker's Nightmare)
Class IV
Tunnel
Class V-
Toilet Bowl
Class IV+
Kirshbaum
Class IV+ to V-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.2 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
3 cfs 4.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
17 cfs 0.6 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
26 cfs 1.8 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
126 cfs 4.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
46 cfs 1.0 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
81 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
3" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
15" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
11" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
21" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
17" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
5" 1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
20" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -2"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
4.07" 3.6"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
23" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
3.13" 1.62"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
13" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
11" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
21" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
3.49" 2.71"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
7.02" 3.19"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
27" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
16" 1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
11" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.78" 0.46"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
9" 0"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
0.47" 0.22"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
2" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
9" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
0.47" 0.22"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
10" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
6" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
6" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
11.25" 2.14"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
35" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
6" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 2" 49° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 7" 42° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
Vail 10" 39° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 7" 42° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gore Canyon 420.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 420.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pumphouse 420.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 32.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Two Bridges 420.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III