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
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
417 cfs 3.9 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
2 cfs 3.1 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
16 cfs 5.2 ft
North Brush Creek Near Saratoga
USGS 06622700
18 cfs 2.3 ft
Encampment River Ab Hog Park Cr
USGS 06623800
10 cfs 1.5 ft
Muddy Crk Blw Wolford Mtn Reser. Nr Kremmling
USGS 09041400
20 cfs 4.1 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
21 cfs 0.5 ft
Yampa River Above Elkhead Creek Near Hayden
USGS 09244490
220 cfs 1.5 ft
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
40 cfs 2.7 ft
Elkhead Creek Near Craig
USGS 09246500
2 cfs 1.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
10" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
10" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
16" 0"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
2" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
20" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
26" 3"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
6" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
22" -1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
12" 0"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
3" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
13" 0"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
8" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
15" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
2" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.16" -0.31"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
3" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
5" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
6" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
2.73" -0.29"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
4" 1"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
0.69" -1.18"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
20" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
8" -1"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
14" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
3" 1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
24" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
10.3" -0.43"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
4.75" -0.85"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
18" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
11" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
5" 0"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
8" 1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
20" 4"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
2.64" -1.23"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
11" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
33" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
18" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
23" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
4.91" -0.83"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
15" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
7" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lynx Pass 11 8,987 ft
Meadows 30 9,288 ft
Stagecoach State Park 100 7,307 ft
Hinman Park 13 7,678 ft
Pearl Lake State Park 38 8,138 ft
Seedhouse 24 8,071 ft
Steamboat Lake State Park 178 8,077 ft
Walton Creek 14 9,392 ft
Granite 8 9,885 ft
Dry Lake 8 8,279 ft
Summit Lake 15 10,326 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Steamboat Ski Resort 11" 41° 0"
Howelsen Hill Ski Area 11" 41° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Burns to Dotsero 785.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Pumphouse 417.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 417.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
State Bridge to Burns 417.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Pumphouse to Double Bridges 220.0cfs 12.5 Mi I to II-
Lower Fish Creek 20.5cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V