Tunnel 1 To Golden Whitewater Park


Class II+ to III run near Golden. Good for beginners at most flows as long as you put in downstream of tunnel 1. At higher flows it can be a solid class III run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Clear Creek are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 1,300cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06719505, the Clear Creek At Golden Remember only watercraft are permitted at Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cherry Creek At Denver
USGS 06713500
37 cfs 3.6 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
0 cfs 9.5 ft
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
6 cfs 1.3 ft
Bear Creek At Mouth
USGS 06711500
11 cfs 2.4 ft
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
114 cfs 5.0 ft
Bear Creek Above Bear Creek Lake Near Morrison
USGS 06710605
0 cfs 3.4 ft
Cherry Creek Below Cherry Creek Lake
USGS 06713000
36 cfs 4.7 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
26 cfs 2.6 ft
Bear Creek Above Evergreen
USGS 06710385
15 cfs 4.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 28" 45° 12.76"
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 48° 13.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 62.1cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Clear Creek 46.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
Idledale to Morrison 10.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 46.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 1.98cfs 0.75 Mi II+