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
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
42 cfs 1.8 ft
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
7 cfs 0.6 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
24 cfs 3.4 ft
Mccullough-Sp-Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044800
29 cfs 1.3 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
402 cfs 4.6 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
16 cfs 0.5 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
337 cfs 3.0 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
285 cfs 6.0 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
694 cfs 8.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
10.47" -2.15"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 40" 66° 3.91"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
Ski Cooper 29" 59° 6.11"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 74° 3.94"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
State Bridge to Two Bridges 552.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+