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 Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
95 cfs 1.0 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
10 cfs 1.7 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
0 cfs 9.5 ft
Monument Creek At Pikeview
USGS 07104000
12 cfs 4.0 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
30 cfs 3.7 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
0 cfs -0.2 ft
Monument Cr Abv Woodmen Rd At Colorado Springs
USGS 07103970
8 cfs 4.1 ft
Bear Creek At Mouth
USGS 06711500
9 cfs 2.3 ft
Fourmile Creek Below Cripple Creek Near Victor
USGS 07096250
3 cfs 3.0 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Trail Creek None 7,844 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 1" 61° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Golden Whitewater Park 2.85cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 74.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Boulder Canyon 13.7cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Idledale to Morrison 8.83cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
Main Section 7.98cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 588.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
October Hole 17.4cfs None Mi II
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 17.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Clear Creek 74.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
NSV 17.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+