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
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
17 cfs 6.9 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
9 cfs 1.7 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
2 cfs 3.5 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
101 cfs 4.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
24 cfs 1.7 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents
USGS 09115500
29 cfs 1.9 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
16 cfs 5.2 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
81 cfs 1.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
73" 2"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
7" 3"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
0.91" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" 1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
49" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
44" 4"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
16.37" 0.29"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
35" 3"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
25.47" 0.25"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
12.5" 0.36"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.12" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 2"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.1" -0.23"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
24.45" 0.85"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
15.49" 0.11"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
32" 4"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.87" 0.89"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" -1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.7" 0.73"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
19.16" 1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.63" 0.95"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
29" 2"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
19" 5"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" 6"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" 0"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.2" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
38" 3"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
2.46" 0.06"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.21" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
52" 2"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.3" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
20.08" 0.08"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 2"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
41" 4"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
12" 6"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
39" 5"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
50" 2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
37" 3"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
12.95" 1.67"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" 3"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.69" 0.24"
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.11" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.25" 0.75"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 5"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.64" 0.25"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
28" 3"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
11" 5"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
46" 1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.85" -0.25"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
18.46" 0.28"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
White Star 66 9,256 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 30" 32° 1.29"
Vail 37" 25° 1.54"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 43" 19° 0.28"
Keystone Resort 8" 22° 2.44"
Copper Mountain Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 228.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 24.8cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-