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
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
325 cfs 4.5 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs -0.2 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
48 cfs 2.8 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
16 cfs 4.9 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
18 cfs 3.6 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
113 cfs 1.5 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.7 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
291 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
70" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
23" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" 1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
8" 0"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 32" 27° 8"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Keystone Resort 39" 27° 12.48"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 221.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+