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
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
1 cfs 4.7 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
0 cfs 0.0 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
12 cfs 2.3 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
1 cfs 3.0 ft
Kerber Cr Abv Little Kerber Cr Nr Villa Grove
USGS 08224500
9 cfs 0.7 ft
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
179 cfs 1.9 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
5 cfs 4.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
70" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
36.32" -0.38"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
29" 4"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
29.46" -0.07"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
20" 5"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
8" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
23" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
44" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 32" 27° 8"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
State Bridge to Burns 739.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 221.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+