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 Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
1,520 cfs 5.9 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
814 cfs 2.9 ft
Michigan River At Walden
USGS 06617100
13 cfs 1.2 ft
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
37 cfs 3.1 ft
Little Snake River Near Slater
USGS 09253000
36 cfs 3.4 ft
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
41 cfs 2.7 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
8 cfs 2.2 ft
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
590 cfs 4.4 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
1,100 cfs 5.7 ft
South Brush Creek Near Saratoga
USGS 06622900
18 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
189" 0"
Sandstone Rs
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Seedhouse 24 8,071 ft
Hinman Park 13 7,678 ft
Summit Lake 15 10,326 ft
Dry Lake 8 8,279 ft
Walton Creek 14 9,392 ft
Steamboat Lake State Park 178 8,077 ft
Meadows 30 9,288 ft
Pearl Lake State Park 38 8,138 ft
Stagecoach State Park 100 7,307 ft
Lynx Pass 11 8,987 ft
Granite 8 9,885 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Howelsen Hill Ski Area 0" 73° 0"
Steamboat Ski Resort 0" 73° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
State Bridge to Two Bridges 590.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Pumphouse 590.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Fish Creek 16.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V
State Bridge to Burns 590.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Burns to Dotsero 1840.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Pumphouse to Double Bridges 178.0cfs 12.5 Mi I to II-