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
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
530 cfs 4.7 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
493 cfs 7.7 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
121 cfs 4.2 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
2,070 cfs 6.4 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
441 cfs 5.9 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
3,470 cfs 4.7 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
40 cfs 2.6 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
43 cfs 2.1 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
2,150 cfs 4.8 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
397 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
10.47" -2.15"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Dry Lake 8 8,279 ft
Lynx Pass 11 8,987 ft
Pearl Lake State Park 38 8,138 ft
Hinman Park 13 7,678 ft
Steamboat Lake State Park 178 8,077 ft
Granite 8 9,885 ft
Seedhouse 24 8,071 ft
Summit Lake 15 10,326 ft
Stagecoach State Park 100 7,307 ft
Meadows 30 9,288 ft
Walton Creek 14 9,392 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Howelsen Hill Ski Area 42" 72° 5.23"
Steamboat Ski Resort 42" 72° 5.23"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Burns to Dotsero 3520.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Pumphouse to Double Bridges 1300.0cfs 12.5 Mi I to II-
Lower Fish Creek 35.6cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V
State Bridge to Two Bridges 552.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+