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
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
57 cfs 7.5 ft
Boulder Cr At North 75Th St Nr Boulder
USGS 06730200
71 cfs 5.0 ft
Little Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06719840
5 cfs 7.5 ft
Big Thompson River At Mouth
USGS 06744000
88 cfs 1.6 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
55 cfs 1.4 ft
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
25 cfs 3.8 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
44 cfs 2.2 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
47 cfs 4.5 ft
Cottonwood Creek At Woodmen Rd Nr Colo Springs
USGS 07103980
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Rock Creek Above Fort Carson Reservation
USGS 07105945
0 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Wigwam 10 6,606 ft
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Kelsey 17 8,035 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Lone Rock 20 6,410 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Clear Creek RV Park 36 5,684 ft
Green Mountain 6 7,615 ft
Buffalo 41 7,321 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 0" 58° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 270.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Main Section 57.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 288.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 270.0cfs None Mi II
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Upper Clear Creek 288.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 681.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 140.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Lower Boulder Canyon 12.4cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Idledale to Morrison 82.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V