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
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
16 cfs 0.8 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
48 cfs 2.5 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
55 cfs 4.7 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
1,860 cfs 7.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
120 cfs 1.5 ft
Cochetopa Creek Below Rock Creek Nr Parlin
USGS 09118450
20 cfs 1.9 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
116 cfs 3.0 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
2,430 cfs 6.7 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
17 cfs 0.5 ft
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
9 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
3.21" -2.63"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pitkin 22 9,362 ft
Parry Peak 26 9,430 ft
Lottis Creek 27 9,068 ft
Cold Spring 6 8,954 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Comanche 4 8,962 ft
Portal 5 10,576 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Dinner Station 22 9,613 ft
Lodgepole - Almont 16 8,905 ft
Dorchester 10 9,925 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Twin Peaks 37 9,615 ft
Elk Wallow 7 8,829 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Rivers End 15 9,356 ft
Lakeview - Almont 35 9,556 ft
Lost Man 10 10,513 ft
Fulford Cave 7 9,422 ft
Chapman 84 8,598 ft
Gold Creek 6 10,005 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Yeoman Park 24 9,062 ft
Quartz 10 9,849 ft
Mirror Lake - Almont 10 11,007 ft
Middle Quartz 7 10,230 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Highlands 30" 61° 8.42"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 17.23"
Vail 40" 62° 12.35"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 57° 8.29"
Aspen Mountain 37" 60° 10.81"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 72° 8.64"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 61° 8.42"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Castle Creek 203.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III