Milk Run


This is a good section for beginners.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 5,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Milk Run.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Beaver Falls
Class III to IV
Silver Bullet - Boat Chute
Class III to IV

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
462 cfs 3.3 ft
Gore Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09065500
11 cfs 2.3 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
58 cfs 5.5 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
5 cfs 4.0 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
8 cfs 0.9 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
6 cfs 2.8 ft
Kerber Cr Abv Little Kerber Cr Nr Villa Grove
USGS 08224500
8 cfs 0.7 ft
Carnero Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08230500
18 cfs 2.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
52" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
7" -2"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 35" 39° 6.43"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Vail 31" 41° 10.93"
Keystone Resort 33" 43° 9.12"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Arapahoe Basin 53" 30° 9.61"
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Lower Snake 10.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 53.9cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Silverthorne Town Run 36.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 15.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 67.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+