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
West Monument Creek Below Rampart Reservoir
USGS 07103797
4 cfs 4.5 ft
Big Dry Creek At Mouth Near Fort Lupton
USGS 06720990
29 cfs 4.4 ft
West Monument Creek At Air Force Academy
USGS 07103800
3 cfs 1.4 ft
Fountain Creek Near Fountain
USGS 07106000
151 cfs 7.7 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
3 cfs 4.8 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Cottonwood Creek At Mouth
USGS 07103990
12 cfs 2.9 ft
Plum Creek Near Sedalia
USGS 06709000
41 cfs 3.9 ft
Big Thompson River At Mouth
USGS 06744000
22 cfs 1.2 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Mouth
USGS 06731000
113 cfs 1.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
aurora south
SNOTEL EAGC2
0.86" 0"
colorado springs 10 ne
SNOTEL CMHC2
0.89" 0"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.44" 2.13"
hudson 4.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-187
0.42" 0"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
3.84" 3.18"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
4.4" 3.7"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
0.35" 0"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
0.67" 0"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
1.21" 0"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
nunn 6.5 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-409
1.83" 0"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
parker 2.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-146
0.82" 0"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.48" 0"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
2.03" 0"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
0.34" 0"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
3.24" 2.91"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
0.66" 0"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.81" 0"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
1.3" 0"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
0.7" 0"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
3.97" 3.34"
eastonville,co
SNOTEL ESTC2
1.15" 0"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
3.02" 2.59"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.39" 2.25"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
5.32" 4.46"
parker 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-292
1.18" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
0.64" 0"
aurora 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-313
0.5" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
0.47" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
1.53" 1.22"
colorado springs 6.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-282
0.68" 0"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
1.53" 1.22"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
0.24" 0"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
0.4" 0"
falcon 2e amrad
SNOTEL FLNC2
1.26" 0"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
4.93" 4.16"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
greeley 3.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-3
0.52" 0"
black forest 6wnw
SNOTEL BKFC2
1" 0"
nunn 1.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-345
2.01" 0"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
1.71" 0"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
2.32" 0"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
0.53" 0"
aurora 7.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-207
0.69" 0"
evans
SNOTEL ENSC2
0.53" 0"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
0.14" 0"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.38" 0"
aurora 4.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-259
0.42" 0"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
1.07" 0.99"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
1.69" 0"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
3.42" 3.18"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
0.34" 0"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
1.17" 0"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
2.07" 1.51"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
0.16" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
4.56" 3.82"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
1.9" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
1.63" 1.33"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
2.6" 2.07"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
3.93" 3.29"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
0.72" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
1.43" 1.13"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
black forest 3.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-396
1.07" 0"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.11" 0.05"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
elizabeth #2
SNOTEL ELAC2
1.12" 0"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
1.01" 0"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.79" 0"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
1.96" 0"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
0.55" 0"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
3.19" 2.72"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
0.49" 0"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.67" 5.46"
elizabeth
SNOTEL ELZC2
0.75" 0"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
2.17" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
3.95" 3.31"
gleneagle 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-61
1.02" 0"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
1.24" 0"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
2.53" 2.2"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.54" 3.17"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.65" 2.06"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
1.94" 0"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
1.01" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
2.23" 1.87"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
3.84" 2.77"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.7" 4.13"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
1.7" 0"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
0.54" 0"
franktown 3.6 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-293
1.22" 0"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
0.12" 0"
eaton 1.8 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-441
0.54" 0"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.6" 0"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
3.51" 2.97"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
1.02" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.19" 3.52"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
2.96" 2.16"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
2.93" 2.46"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
0.43" 0"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
3.68" 2.84"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.14" 0"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
3.84" 3.27"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
0.55" 0"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
5.28" 3.53"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
0.51" 0"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
1" 0"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
3.15" 2.71"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
0.26" 0.13"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
0.62" 0.09"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
1.58" 0"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.22" 2.7"
franktown 3e
SNOTEL FNKC2
0.94" 0"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
3.45" 2.63"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
5.22" 3.74"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" 0"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
3.4" 2.91"
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
0.11" 0"
cheyenne 7ne
SNOTEL GRAW4
1.9" 1.62"
greeley 4.6 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-318
0.65" 0"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
2.76" 2.36"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
0.07" 0"
peyton 8.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-371
1.29" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
5.65" 2.58"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
1.41" 1.17"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
3.81" 3.26"
cr66
SNOTEL GEYC2
0.62" 0"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
1.34" 0"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
1.41" 0"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
0.91" 0.89"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
0.99" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
the pinery, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-294
0.43" 0"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.5" 2.5"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
1.44" 1.19"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
black forest 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-66
1.06" 1.05"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
2.59" 0"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
0.69" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
cheyenne wfo
SNOTEL CYSW4
1.95" 1.65"
greeley 2.6 w, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-171
0.59" 0"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
1.73" 0"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
4.56" 3.82"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
0.96" 0"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
0.26" 0"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
0.64" 0"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
3.29" 2.75"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
1.35" 0"
colorado springs 7ne
SNOTEL CSEC2
0.53" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
2.76" 2.36"
aurora 5 se
SNOTEL AUOC2
0.49" 0"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
0.5" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
51" -4"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Trail Creek None 7,844 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 31" 22° 12.94"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 55.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 46.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 1.66cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 49.5cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 141.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 23.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 50.8cfs None Mi IV- to V-
NSV 55.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
October Hole 55.4cfs None Mi II
Upper Clear Creek 49.5cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+