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
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
4 cfs 2.7 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
7 cfs 4.1 ft
North Platte River Near Northgate
USGS 06620000
159 cfs 3.0 ft
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
42 cfs 2.7 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
11 cfs 1.0 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -4.1 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
323 cfs 2.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
19" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Vail 31" 41° 10.93"
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Beaver Creek Resort 22" 53° 9.58"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 67.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Pumphouse 701.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 701.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 701.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 36.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 256.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
State Bridge to Two Bridges 701.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III