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
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
23 cfs 3.5 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
146 cfs 6.6 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
16 cfs 4.4 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
153 cfs 1.5 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
376 cfs 2.1 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
27 cfs 1.1 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
402 cfs 2.1 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
49 cfs 8.2 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
16 cfs 0.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 29" 61° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 68° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 73° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 68° 0"
Vail 40" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 730.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 57.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+