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
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
238 cfs 2.8 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
211 cfs 4.0 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
12 cfs 2.8 ft
South Platte River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
57 cfs 0.7 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
12 cfs 2.6 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
466 cfs 8.6 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs -0.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
5.22" 3.74"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.5" 2.5"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
5.65" 2.58"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
2.96" 2.16"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
51" -4"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Selkirk 15 10,488 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Aspen 12 9,956 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Byers Creek 6 9,352 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Lodgepole - Jefferson 34 9,960 ft
Michigan Creek 12 10,076 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
St. Louis Creek 17 8,859 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Jefferson Creek 17 10,117 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Loveland 60" 18° 10.29"
Keystone Resort 39" 27° 12.48"
Arapahoe Basin 60" 18° 10.29"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 57" 27° 14.19"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 42" 26° 11.52"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V