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
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Gore Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09065500
3 cfs 2.1 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
0 cfs 0.1 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
2 cfs 2.4 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
6 cfs 4.6 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
7 cfs 1.4 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
121 cfs 3.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lodgepole - Jefferson 34 9,960 ft
Jefferson Creek 17 10,117 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Aspen 12 9,956 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Selkirk 15 10,488 ft
St. Louis Creek 17 8,859 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Byers Creek 6 9,352 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Michigan Creek 12 10,076 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Keystone Resort 1" 59° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) -1" 65° 0"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 0" 61° 0"
Loveland 1" 51° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 1" 51° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower Snake 21.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 39.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 103.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Milk Run 130.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV