Pine Creek (Granite To Numbers)


Pine Creek was where the most difficult class V water was in the early years of kayaking.  Now you can book a commercial trip on this section and be back in your 5 star hotel before dark.  Even though the hardcore boaters are running Lake Creek and other steep creeks around, the Pine Creek section of the Arkansas still shouldn't be taken lightly if you decide to run this.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 5,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Dam Drop Rapid
Class IV- to IV
Pine Creek Rapid
Class IV- to IV

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
1,030 cfs 3.7 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
22 cfs 5.5 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
8 cfs 2.1 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
57 cfs 2.1 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
988 cfs 5.1 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
29 cfs 2.5 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
60 cfs 3.8 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
34 cfs 1.3 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
43 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 72° 0"
Keystone Resort 36" 58° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 57° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 64° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 64° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 0"
Vail 40" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 808.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 808.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+