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
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
166 cfs 4.5 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
24 cfs 3.4 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
168 cfs 3.9 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs 1.4 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
337 cfs 3.0 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
33 cfs 1.5 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
132 cfs 4.9 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
20 cfs 1.0 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
9 cfs 0.8 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
477 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
Keystone Resort 36" 62° 8.66"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 56° 0.89"
Arapahoe Basin 57" 54° 6.97"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
Vail 40" 66° 3.91"
Ski Cooper 29" 59° 6.11"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 596.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 596.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-