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
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
13 cfs 4.8 ft
Kerber Cr Abv Little Kerber Cr Nr Villa Grove
USGS 08224500
2 cfs 0.5 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
288 cfs 2.2 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
25 cfs 1.7 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
84 cfs 2.8 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
5 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
2" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
1" 1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
1" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Dorchester 10 9,925 ft
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Lakeview - Almont 35 9,556 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Elk Wallow 7 8,829 ft
Chapman 84 8,598 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Lost Man 10 10,513 ft
Dinner Station 22 9,613 ft
Gold Creek 6 10,005 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Comanche 4 8,962 ft
Lodgepole - Almont 16 8,905 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Fulford Cave 7 9,422 ft
Cold Spring 6 8,954 ft
Yeoman Park 24 9,062 ft
Lottis Creek 27 9,068 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Portal 5 10,576 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 1" 59° 0"
Aspen Highlands 1" 59° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Aspen Mountain 1" 62° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 57° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Castle Creek 163.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
State Bridge to Burns 646.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+