Idledale To Morrison


This is a short but fun run from Idledale to Morrison.  The run is in a rocky creekbed with unrelenting gradient.  Though the rapids are continuous with few eddies, it offers a great introduction to creeking with relatively easy moves and tame consequences compared to solid class V runs, but has enough action to keep even the most seasoned class V creekboaters entertained.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Bear Creek are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 800cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06711500, the Bear Creek At Mouth Remember only watercraft are permitted at Idledale to Morrison.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Monument Creek At Palmer Lake
USGS 07103747
1 cfs ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
80 cfs 1.8 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
300 cfs 4.9 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
44 cfs 2.1 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
834 cfs 4.3 ft
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
125 cfs 5.2 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
37 cfs 5.1 ft
Cottonwood Creek At Woodmen Rd Nr Colo Springs
USGS 07103980
4 cfs 0.5 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
13 cfs 4.0 ft
Monument C Ab N.Gate Blvd At Usaf Academy
USGS 07103780
5 cfs 0.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Trail Creek None 7,844 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 18" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Clear Creek 60.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+