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
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
8 cfs 1.3 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
La Garita Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08231000
6 cfs 1.7 ft
Cotton Creek Near Mineral Hot Springs
USGS 08226700
5 cfs 3.0 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
282 cfs 3.1 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
-999 cfs -1,310.7 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
14 cfs 3.5 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.9 ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents
USGS 09115500
29 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
4" 1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
15" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
1.84" -0.44"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
16" 1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
7" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
2.52" -0.3"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
3" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
16" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
1" 1"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
8" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
17" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
18" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 1"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
1" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
5.67" -0.29"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
15" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
19" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
14" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
1" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
4" 2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
6" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
7" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
13" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" 1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
14" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
15" 3"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
7" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
12" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
10.68" -0.67"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
9" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
13" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
5" 1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
11" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
6" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
4" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
5" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
11" 0"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
11" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Arapahoe Basin 19" 21° 3.36"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 7" 25° 4.87"
Keystone Resort 8" 42° 1.68"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 11" 34° 3.54"
Copper Mountain Resort 11" 34° 3.54"
Vail 10" 29° 6.91"
Ski Cooper 1" 31° 2.33"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Silverthorne Town Run 29.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-