South Mineral Creek


This is a short section on a very steep creek with drops, rapids and other class V fun.  Scout and be aware of what you are running.  Above and below this section is class VI or unrunnable water.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Mineral Creek, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 100cfs and a high of 300cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09359010, the Mineral Creek At Silverton Remember only watercraft are permitted at South Mineral Creek.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cimarron River Near Cimarron
USGS 09126000
25 cfs 1.2 ft
Piedra River Near Arboles
USGS 09349800
428 cfs 2.0 ft
Cimarron River Bl Squaw Creek
USGS 09127000
68 cfs 8.0 ft
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
584 cfs 2.6 ft
Uncompahgre River Near Ridgway
USGS 09146200
96 cfs 2.2 ft
La Plata River At Colorado-New Mexico State Line
USGS 09366500
16 cfs 3.7 ft
Animas River Near Cedar Hill
USGS 09363500
441 cfs 5.1 ft
Uncompahgre River Near Ouray
USGS 09146020
131 cfs 0.9 ft
Animas River Blw Durango Pump Plant Nr Durango
USGS 09362520
376 cfs 3.5 ft
Los Pinos River At La Boca
USGS 09354500
31 cfs 3.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lone Cone
SNOTEL 589
10" 1"
Cascade
SNOTEL 386
1" 1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 3"
Mancos
SNOTEL 905
12" 0"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
32" 1"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
26" -1"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
28" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
18" 3"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" -1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" 2"
Sharkstooth
SNOTEL 1060
26" 1"
Black Mesa
SNOTEL 1185
47" -2"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
31" 2"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
40" -2"
Scotch Creek
SNOTEL 739
3" -1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
34" -1"
Lizard Head Pass
SNOTEL 586
22" 0"
Columbus Basin
SNOTEL 904
46" 0"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
53" 2"
Cascade #2
SNOTEL 387
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
South Mineral 26 9,849 ft
Florida 20 8,330 ft
Sunshine 15 9,589 ft
Junction Creek 44 7,275 ft
Thistledown 9 8,501 ft
Sig Creek 9 9,255 ft
Purgatory 14 8,827 ft
Amphitheater 35 8,254 ft
Molas Lake Public Park None 10,504 ft
Ridgway State Park 283 7,062 ft
Miller Creek 12 8,171 ft
Haviland Lake 43 8,159 ft
Telluride Town Park 28 8,771 ft
Transfer Park 25 8,482 ft
Matterhorn 28 9,466 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Durango Mountain Resort 1" 44° 3.9"
Hesperus Ski Area 46" 36° 3.29"
Kendall Mountain 28" 41° 4.66"
Silverton Mountain 54" 37° 4.64"
Telluride 28" 41° 4.66"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Mineral Creek 44.4cfs 0.5 Mi V to V+
Gunnison Gorge 248.0cfs 14.0 Mi III to IV-