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 cfs and a high of cfs. 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
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
4 cfs 2.7 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
7 cfs 0.5 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
24 cfs 1.2 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
8 cfs 1.3 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
73 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
58" -1"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.26" -0.36"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
14" 0"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
6" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
21.4" -0.35"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
6" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.17" -0.37"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
22" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
27" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
32" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
56" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
83" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
28" 1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.93" -0.51"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
22.87" -0.35"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.29" -0.28"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
23.33" -0.36"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.33" -0.18"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
22" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.07" -0.02"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
17.17" -0.37"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
40" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
38" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
35" 0"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
73" -1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
2.21" -0.02"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
23.07" -0.42"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.22" -0.34"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
42" -1"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
35" 1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
12.9" -0.12"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
39" -3"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
39" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
32" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
46.42" -0.67"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
35" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
46.22" -0.61"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
35" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
55" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.07" -0.27"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
21.01" -0.47"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
45" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
41" -2"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
47" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
42" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
50" -1"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
22.19" -0.29"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
12.6" -0.23"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
4" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.1" -0.36"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.81" -0.43"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
7" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
38" 0"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
2.21" -0.02"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
77" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
37" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
36" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 38" 23° 2.72"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Vail 36" 30° 1.85"
Copper Mountain Resort 36" 30° 1.37"
Beaver Creek Resort 30" 37° 1.97"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 61.5cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 546.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 221.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 61.5cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+