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
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
60 cfs 1.7 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
98 cfs 1.9 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
366 cfs 2.8 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
-999 cfs -2.4 ft
Saguache Creek Near Saguache
USGS 08227000
69 cfs 1.7 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
73 cfs 3.3 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
16 cfs 6.1 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
23 cfs 4.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
la garita 5.6 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-11
1.66" 0.35"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.48" -0.24"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
74" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.03" -0.22"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
36" 1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -2"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.59" 0.1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
49" 1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
28" 0"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.36" 0.29"
del norte 3.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-RG-16
1.53" 0.54"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.46" -0.24"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.93" 0.14"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.35" -0.15"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.36" -0.04"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
18.8" -0.24"
san luis valley regional
SNOTEL ALS
1" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
10" -1"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
32" 2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
32" -124"
del norte,co
SNOTEL DLNC2
1.52" 0.54"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.18" -0.23"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.91" -0.1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" -0.2"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
18" 1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" -2"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
37" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
40.42" -0.29"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" 0"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
72" 0"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
50" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
14" 2"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
36" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
38" 2"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
34" 0"
alamosa 2ssw
SNOTEL ASWC2
0.6" 0.45"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
32" 2"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" -1"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
22.85" 1.14"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
9" 3"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
42" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
39" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" -1"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.04" -0.11"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.98" -0.18"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
44.2" -0.32"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
42" -1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.59" 0.1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
56" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.76" 0.06"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
37" 3"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 2"
alamosa 1.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AM-31
0.33" 0.26"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 38" 16° 1.35"
Copper Mountain Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 43" 10° 1.02"
Beaver Creek Resort 32" 24° 1.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 242.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
State Bridge to Burns 447.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+