Lower Snake


Put in anywhere is Keystone and run to the lake. Although this run must classify as III+, it is boring considering its gradient with little play, but not enough vert for the creek boat! Beautiful scenery and a surf wave in the Hwy 9 tunnel round out this run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Snake Of The Blue are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 400cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09047500, the Snake River Near Montezuma Remember only watercraft are permitted at Lower Snake.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Bridge Surf Wave
Class I

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
3 cfs 0.3 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
18 cfs 7.0 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
5 cfs 3.6 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
32 cfs 2.9 ft
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
15 cfs 4.2 ft
Muddy Crk Blw Wolford Mtn Reser. Nr Kremmling
USGS 09041400
73 cfs 4.6 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
5 cfs 2.2 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
15 cfs 4.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
1" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
1" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
2" -2"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
4" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
4" -2"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
2" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
3.22" -0.96"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
0.65" -1.5"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
2" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" -1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
7" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
6" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
0.04" -1.56"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
1" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
4" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
1" -1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
3" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
6" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
13" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
2" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
1" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
4" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.03" -2.86"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
4" -2"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
1" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
5" -2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Jefferson Creek 17 10,117 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
St. Louis Creek 17 8,859 ft
Selkirk 15 10,488 ft
Lodgepole - Jefferson 34 9,960 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Michigan Creek 12 10,076 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Aspen 12 9,956 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Byers Creek 6 9,352 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Loveland 8" 37° 0.6"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Arapahoe Basin 8" 37° 0.6"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 2" 48° 0.96"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 1" 51° 0.96"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Keystone Resort 3" 46° 0.44"
Ski Cooper -182" 43° 0.62"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 124.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Middle Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Silverthorne Town Run 45.6cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 124.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Snake 28.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-