Lower (Bottom Four)


This short section of Lake Creek flows through a mini gorge that contain 4 class V drops.  This is dangerous kayaking and if you attempt it you should be an expert.  Always scout thoroughly checking for wood and other hazards as conditions change often here.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Lake Creek are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 700cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07084500, the Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir Remember only watercraft are permitted at Lower (Bottom Four).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Cauldron
Class V to V+
Paralyzer
Class V to V+
Kiss the Wall
Class V to V+
The Brain
Class V to V+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.9 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
17 cfs 2.6 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
130 cfs 3.7 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
10 cfs 2.3 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
2 cfs 2.5 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
20 cfs 4.5 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
10 cfs 1.4 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
35 cfs 1.2 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
5 cfs 4.1 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
1" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
2" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
1" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 57° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 130.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
State Bridge to Burns 646.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 130.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+