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
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
81 cfs 2.3 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
425 cfs 2.3 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
164 cfs 2.5 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
39 cfs 3.7 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
113 cfs 2.4 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
13 cfs 3.1 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
126 cfs 6.0 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
838 cfs 4.2 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
-999 cfs 4.0 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
29 cfs 4.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 73° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 68° 0"
Vail 40" 65° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 61° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 730.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 730.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+