Upper Gore Creek


Gore Creek has the unusual characteristic that the Upper Section is easier than the lower. Starting from anywhere is East Vail there are a few fish ladders creating fun play and some nice rock dodging on this class II+ to IV- run. Wide ranging flows can really alter the character of this run so be sure your skills and the conditions are aligned.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Gore Creek are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 1,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09066510, the Gore Creek At Mouth Remember only watercraft are permitted at Upper Gore Creek.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Vail Competition Wave
Class I

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
43 cfs 5.0 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
38 cfs 4.4 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
48 cfs 2.8 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
6 cfs 1.4 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
8 cfs 1.6 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
42 cfs 2.0 ft
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
84 cfs 2.4 ft
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
4 cfs 3.2 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pumphouse 739.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
State Bridge to Burns 739.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 853.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-