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
Animas River At Silverton
USGS 09358000
48 cfs 0.1 ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
82 cfs 1.4 ft
Florida River At Bondad
USGS 09363200
12 cfs 3.0 ft
Gunnison River Below Gunnison Tunnel
USGS 09128000
344 cfs 2.0 ft
Animas River Blw Durango Pump Plant Nr Durango
USGS 09362520
290 cfs 3.3 ft
Uncompahgre River At Colona
USGS 09147500
73 cfs 3.5 ft
San Miguel River Near Placerville
USGS 09172500
106 cfs 4.1 ft
La Plata River At Hesperus
USGS 09365500
14 cfs 3.4 ft
Cement Creek At Silverton
USGS 09358550
14 cfs 0.9 ft
North Clear Creek Bl Continental Reservoir
USGS 08214500
20 cfs 1.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
1" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
4" -2"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
3" 0"
Black Mesa
SNOTEL 1185
4" -1"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
8" -3"
Mancos
SNOTEL 905
2" -2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
3" -1"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
6" -1"
Columbus Basin
SNOTEL 904
6" -1"
Sharkstooth
SNOTEL 1060
1" 0"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
3" -2"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
1" -1"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
1" 0"
Columbine Pass
SNOTEL 409
4" -1"
Spud Mountain
SNOTEL 780
2" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Transfer Park 25 8,482 ft
Sunshine 15 9,589 ft
Miller Creek 12 8,171 ft
Matterhorn 28 9,466 ft
Junction Creek 44 7,275 ft
Purgatory 14 8,827 ft
Molas Lake Public Park None 10,504 ft
Sig Creek 9 9,255 ft
Haviland Lake 43 8,159 ft
Amphitheater 35 8,254 ft
South Mineral 26 9,849 ft
Telluride Town Park 28 8,771 ft
Ridgway State Park 283 7,062 ft
Florida 20 8,330 ft
Thistledown 9 8,501 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Telluride 1" 41° 0.91"
Kendall Mountain 1" 41° 0.91"
Durango Mountain Resort 0" 57° 0.45"
Hesperus Ski Area 6" 39° 0.61"
Silverton Mountain 4" 40° 0.75"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gunnison Gorge 85.7cfs 14.0 Mi III to IV-
South Mineral Creek 40.4cfs 0.5 Mi V to V+