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
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
292 cfs 3.1 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
-999 cfs -0.4 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
-999 cfs -1,310.7 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
69 cfs 2.7 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
1 cfs 2.3 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
260 cfs 3.7 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
32 cfs 4.4 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
14 cfs 0.5 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
9" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
35" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
4.14" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
3" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
6" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
2" -3"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
7" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
15" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.06" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
1" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
1.24" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
1.17" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.61" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
16" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
2" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
3.13" 1.62"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
1.87" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 8" 34° 0"
Vail 10" 39° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 7" 42° 0"
Keystone Resort 9" 40° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 20" 34° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 7" 42° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 68.8cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Silverthorne Town Run 32.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+