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
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
158 cfs 3.0 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
-999 cfs -1,310.7 ft
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
107 cfs 5.1 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
11 cfs 2.7 ft
Fountain Creek Near Fountain
USGS 07106000
109 cfs 7.8 ft
South Platte River At Englewood
USGS 06711565
71 cfs 1.5 ft
Rock Creek Above Fort Carson Reservation
USGS 07105945
0 cfs 1.1 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
2 cfs 4.0 ft
South Platte River Below Union Ave
USGS 06710247
39 cfs 11.0 ft
Trout Creek Blw Fern Cr Nr Westcreek
USGS 06701620
1 cfs 3.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
4.3" 0.99"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
3.15" 1.28"
denver 2.6 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-231
2.69" 1.24"
black forest 3.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-396
0.81" 0.57"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
4.35" 0.94"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
3.13" 1.25"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.93" 1.13"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.37" 0.07"
wheat ridge 0.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-343
3.28" 1.29"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
0.23" 0.07"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
1.77" 0.71"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
4.24" 0.95"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
4.13" 1.97"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
4.52" 1.69"
thornton 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-22
3.9" 1.91"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.05" 1.54"
pueblo west 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-PU-55
2.01" 0"
greeley 3.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-3
2.15" 0.33"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
4.94" 1.98"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
3.92" 1.59"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
4.08" 2.1"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
4.14" 1.35"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
3.97" 0.96"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
3.55" 1.22"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
4.15" 1.7"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
1.93" 0.78"
denver 3.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-49
2.84" 1.23"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
3.99" 1.32"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 0"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
4.41" 1.41"
eaton 1.8 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-441
1.86" 0.15"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
2.28" 0.99"
pueblo west 4.9 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-PU-80
2.21" 0"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
4.44" 0.93"
aurora 4.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-259
3.33" 1.81"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
1.13" 0.46"
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
2.94" 1.42"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
3.13" 1.47"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
3.98" 2.04"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
9.37" 1.73"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
2.36" 1.32"
parker 2.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-146
2.89" 1.46"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
3.56" 0.84"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
3.1" 1.15"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
4.35" 2.07"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
4.26" 1.62"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
3.83" 1.13"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
40" -2"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
3.82" 1.14"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
0.66" 0.15"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
3.75" 1.82"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
0.49" 0.19"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
4.55" 1.92"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
10.44" 2.02"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
2.25" 0.62"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
13.59" 1.47"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
27" 2"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
5.79" 1.1"
gleneagle 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-61
1" 0.69"
pueblo west 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-PU-94
2.28" 0"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
2.92" 1.42"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
4.64" 1.62"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
3.7" 1.1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
49" 0"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
3.59" 1.78"
englewood 1.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-292
2.86" 1.27"
nunn 1.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-345
0.45" 0.14"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
6.36" 1.52"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.44" 1.43"
evans
SNOTEL ENSC2
1.79" 0.67"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
3.42" 1.4"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
3.03" 1.51"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
4.16" 1.96"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
6.13" 1.4"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
4.83" 2.27"
franktown 3e
SNOTEL FNKC2
2.7" 1.04"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
4.72" 2.07"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
35" 1"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
4.59" 1.96"
elizabeth
SNOTEL ELZC2
3.16" 1.42"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
6.13" 1.4"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
56" -1"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
4.47" 1.09"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
3.99" 0.95"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
14.68" 1.36"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.59" 0.53"
arvada 3.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-240
3.59" 1.57"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
1.86" 0.69"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
10.67" 1.83"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
1.14" 0.28"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
10.48" 1.65"
aurora 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-313
3.38" 1.67"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
13.2" 1.69"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
2.95" 1.05"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
4.6" 1.44"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
3.88" 1.27"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
5.7" 1.17"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
4.06" 2.1"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
1.28" 0.93"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
40" 2"
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.18" -0.02"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
8.33" 1.7"
falcon 2e amrad
SNOTEL FLNC2
0.26" 0.08"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
1.86" 0.69"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
4.68" 0.97"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
0.89" 0.23"
manitou springs 1.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-175
0.8" 0.69"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.66" 1.25"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
1.81" -0.22"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
2.3" 0.83"
colorado springs 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-188
0.11" 0"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
4.02" 1.5"
denver 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-25
2.77" 1.3"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
2.18" 1.15"
peyton 8.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-371
0.39" 0.19"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
10.37" 1.16"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
2.15" 0.95"
colorado springs 10 ne
SNOTEL CMHC2
0.18" 0"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
4.51" 1.16"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
4.75" 1.55"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.14" 1.04"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
2.82" 1.33"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
0.89" 0.29"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.34" 1.2"
black forest 6wnw
SNOTEL BKFC2
0.72" 0.57"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
6.24" 1.33"
colorado springs airport snow
SNOTEL CMAC2
1" 0"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
8.47" 1.17"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
4.17" 1.87"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
15.72" 2.92"
cripple creek 5.1 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-16
0.95" 0"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
1.52" 0.57"
colorado springs muni
SNOTEL COS
1" 0"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
3.62" 1.5"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
10.06" 1.83"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
4.26" 1.49"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
1.92" -0.29"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
5.56" 0.87"
divide 4nw
SNOTEL DNWC2
1.68" 1.06"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
3.78" 1.88"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
4.38" 0.89"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
4.45" -0.85"
denver 1.1 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-280
2.85" 1.35"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
3.46" 1.38"
franktown 3.6 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-293
2.33" 0.81"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
4.91" 1.45"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.11" -0.04"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.99" 1.84"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.87" 0.66"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
3.48" 1.35"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
4.5" 0.88"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
3.58" 1.09"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
4.06" 1.51"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
6.14" 1.35"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
4.34" 0.87"
colorado springs 7ne
SNOTEL CSEC2
0.09" 0"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
4.32" 1.23"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.63" 0.42"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
17" 1"
cr66
SNOTEL GEYC2
1.98" 0.45"
arvada 2.1 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-427
3.48" 1.37"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
8.07" 1.63"
aurora south
SNOTEL EAGC2
3.24" 1.75"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
1.69" 0.59"
cheyenne 7ne
SNOTEL GRAW4
1.45" 0.41"
erie 0.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-392
3.76" 1.8"
great sand dunes natl mon
SNOTEL GSDC2
2.35" 0.46"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
1.26" 0.14"
aurora 5 se
SNOTEL AUOC2
3.43" 1.75"
colorado springs 5.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-37
0.92" 0.63"
cheyenne wfo
SNOTEL CYSW4
1" 0"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
5.94" 0.66"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
3.89" 1.9"
greeley 2.6 w, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-171
2.97" 0.77"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
32" 0"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
5.37" 1.07"
denver/stapleton
SNOTEL DUAC2
3.17" 1.36"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
7.98" 1.89"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
3.46" 1.3"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
4.73" 1.31"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
4.14" 1.17"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
2.93" 1.16"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
4.21" 0.95"
canon city,co
SNOTEL CTYC2
0.12" 0"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
3.45" 1.38"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
3.84" 1.81"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
2.43" 0.89"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
3.8" 1.49"
eastonville,co
SNOTEL ESTC2
1.04" 0.49"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
4.5" 2.11"
nunn 6.5 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-409
0.23" 0.09"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
14" 1"
Medano Pass
SNOTEL 914
19" 1"
black forest 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-66
0.78" 0.54"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
1.1" 0.26"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
3.04" 1.59"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
4.71" 1.24"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
6.28" 1.37"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
30" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.83" 0.84"
colorado springs 1.1 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-194
0.26" 0"
parker 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-292
2.97" 1.58"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
6.16" 1.75"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" 1"
aurora 4.2 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-127
3.34" 1.34"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
43" 1"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
4.66" 1.45"
elizabeth #2
SNOTEL ELAC2
3.14" 1.33"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
2.59" 0.81"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
3.92" 1.59"
aurora 7.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-207
3.45" 1.64"
the pinery, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-294
2.67" 1.33"
hudson 4.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-187
3.7" 1.49"
ivywild 0.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-58
0.5" 0"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
3.87" 1.9"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.61" 0.78"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
5.73" 1.2"
greeley 4.6 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-318
2.37" 0.69"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
2.76" 0.13"
colorado springs 6.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-282
0.14" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Trail Creek None 7,844 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 13" 14° 1.37"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 10.7cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Upper Clear Creek 30.6cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 20.5cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
October Hole 10.7cfs None Mi II
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 30.6cfs None Mi III- to III+
NSV 10.7cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Gnar Section 187.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+