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
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
Harvard Gulch At Harvard Park
USGS 06711575
1 cfs 10.0 ft
Plum Creek Near Sedalia
USGS 06709000
13 cfs 3.5 ft
Cherry Creek At Denver
USGS 06713500
17 cfs 3.4 ft
South Platte River Below Cheesman Lake
USGS 06701500
186 cfs 1.4 ft
South Platte River At Henderson
USGS 06720500
307 cfs 3.8 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
13 cfs 4.1 ft
Moffat Water Tunnel At East Portal
USGS 09022500
288 cfs 2.7 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
17 cfs 3.8 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
156 cfs 4.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 18" 60° 27.92"
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 62° 27.0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Upper Clear Creek 60.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V