The Upper


The upper section of Lake Creek is around 8 miles long.  Since Highway 82 parallels Lake Creek you can choose how much you want to run.  Since this is class V to V+ you can make this an all day hair fest or do some park and drops.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Lake Creek are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 700cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07084500, the Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir Remember only watercraft are permitted at The Upper.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Tombstone Drop
Class V to V+
Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)
Class V to V+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
0 cfs 0.2 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
226 cfs 2.6 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
26 cfs 1.8 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
57 cfs 4.6 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
298 cfs 3.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
2" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
2" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
4.64" -0.34"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
1" 2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
1" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
1.39" -0.33"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
10" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
11" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
2" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
7" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
6" 1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
4" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
5" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
15" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" -1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
2" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Dorchester 10 9,925 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Gold Creek 6 10,005 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Lost Man 10 10,513 ft
Lodgepole - Almont 16 8,905 ft
Comanche 4 8,962 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Yeoman Park 24 9,062 ft
Cold Spring 6 8,954 ft
Dinner Station 22 9,613 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Chapman 84 8,598 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Lakeview - Almont 35 9,556 ft
Portal 5 10,576 ft
Lottis Creek 27 9,068 ft
Elk Wallow 7 8,829 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Fulford Cave 7 9,422 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper -182" 44° 0.22"
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 55° 1.25"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 40° 0.56"
Vail 1" 46° 1.2"
Aspen Highlands -1" 48° 1.74"
Buttermilk Mountain -1" 48° 1.74"
Aspen Mountain 2" 50° 1.3"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 41.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Castle Creek 121.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 41.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 9.8cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 716.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III