Lower Fish Creek


A nick easier than the upper section, Lower Fish Creek is a short fun creekboat run in Steamboat.  Wood is often the most significant hazard on this run, so try to get the local wood report before running it.  At low water it can be manky but at high water it's a rollercoaster ride.  This section often includes what the locals call the middle section (between the 2 diversion dams).

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Fish Creek are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 1,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09238900, the Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs Remember only watercraft are permitted at Lower Fish Creek.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
South Brush Creek Near Saratoga
USGS 06622900
18 cfs 2.7 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
162 cfs 1.8 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
162 cfs 1.5 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
701 cfs 4.7 ft
Michigan River At Walden
USGS 06617100
13 cfs 1.2 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
460 cfs 2.4 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
144 cfs 3.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Sage Creek Basin
SNOTEL 1015
34" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
38" -2"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
25" -3"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Battle Mountain
SNOTEL 317
6" -7"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
19" -2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Granite 8 9,885 ft
Meadows 30 9,288 ft
Steamboat Lake State Park 178 8,077 ft
Dry Lake 8 8,279 ft
Lynx Pass 11 8,987 ft
Hinman Park 13 7,678 ft
Summit Lake 15 10,326 ft
Stagecoach State Park 100 7,307 ft
Seedhouse 24 8,071 ft
Pearl Lake State Park 38 8,138 ft
Walton Creek 14 9,392 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Steamboat Ski Resort 26" 43° 4.21"
Howelsen Hill Ski Area 26" 43° 4.21"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pumphouse to Double Bridges 482.0cfs 12.5 Mi I to II-
Burns to Dotsero 1290.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Lower Fish Creek 20.1cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V
State Bridge to Burns 701.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 701.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Pumphouse 701.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+