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
Los Pinos River Near Ignacio
USGS 09353800
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Mineral Creek At Silverton
USGS 09359010
496 cfs 2.3 ft
Los Pinos River At La Boca
USGS 09354500
63 cfs 3.4 ft
Salt Creek Near Oxford
USGS 09363100
-888 cfs 1.2 ft
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
2,760 cfs 5.7 ft
Animas River At Durango
USGS 09361500
2,410 cfs 4.5 ft
Animas River At Howardsville
USGS 09357500
532 cfs 2.7 ft
Animas River Below Silverton
USGS 09359020
1,200 cfs 4.1 ft
Dallas Creek Near Ridgway
USGS 09147000
23 cfs 2.6 ft
Piedra River Near Arboles
USGS 09349800
525 cfs 2.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Transfer Park 25 8,482 ft
Telluride Town Park 28 8,771 ft
Purgatory 14 8,827 ft
Matterhorn 28 9,466 ft
Florida 20 8,330 ft
Amphitheater 35 8,254 ft
Molas Lake Public Park None 10,504 ft
Sunshine 15 9,589 ft
Miller Creek 12 8,171 ft
Thistledown 9 8,501 ft
Sig Creek 9 9,255 ft
Ridgway State Park 283 7,062 ft
Junction Creek 44 7,275 ft
Haviland Lake 43 8,159 ft
South Mineral 26 9,849 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Hesperus Ski Area 52" 53° 0.69"
Telluride 17" 57° 5.03"
Kendall Mountain 17" 57° 5.03"
Silverton Mountain 52" 58° 6.49"
Durango Mountain Resort 0" 68° 2.34"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Mineral Creek 80.7cfs 0.5 Mi V to V+
Gunnison Gorge 1030.0cfs 14.0 Mi III to IV-