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
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
60 cfs 1.1 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
8 cfs 2.2 ft
Sand Creek At Colorado-Wyoming State Line
USGS 06659580
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
14 cfs 1.7 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
56 cfs 3.9 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
22 cfs 5.4 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
46 cfs 1.0 ft
Encampment River Ab Hog Park Cr
USGS 06623800
68 cfs 1.6 ft
Colorado River Near Granby
USGS 09019500
82 cfs 1.6 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
407 cfs 1.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 76° 0"
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 67° 0"
Vail -1" 64° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Dowd Chute 432.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 590.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Pumphouse 590.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 190.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 590.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 515.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
State Bridge to Burns 590.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-