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
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
291 cfs 2.7 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
16 cfs 4.9 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
10 cfs 1.0 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
56 cfs 0.9 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
43 cfs 5.0 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
6 cfs 2.8 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
42 cfs 2.0 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
457 cfs 3.3 ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
322 cfs 4.1 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
29" 4"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
36.32" -0.38"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
20" 5"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
70" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
44" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
23" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" 5"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
8" 0"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
29.46" -0.07"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Cold Spring 6 8,954 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Dinner Station 22 9,613 ft
Chapman 84 8,598 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Portal 5 10,576 ft
Lost Man 10 10,513 ft
Lodgepole - Almont 16 8,905 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Dorchester 10 9,925 ft
Yeoman Park 24 9,062 ft
Comanche 4 8,962 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Gold Creek 6 10,005 ft
Elk Wallow 7 8,829 ft
Lottis Creek 27 9,068 ft
Lakeview - Almont 35 9,556 ft
Fulford Cave 7 9,422 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 32" 27° 8"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
Buttermilk Mountain 25" 35° 4.78"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Aspen Highlands 25" 35° 4.78"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Aspen Mountain 40" 34° 5.84"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Castle Creek 135.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 739.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+