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
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
7 cfs 8.3 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
8 cfs 0.3 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
-999 cfs 5.4 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
2 cfs 4.4 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
17 cfs 6.9 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
24 cfs 1.7 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
15 cfs 4.5 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
65 cfs 2.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.2" -0.08"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.14" -0.49"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
49" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.76" 0.06"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.48" -0.24"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
49" 2"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 0"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
53" 0"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
37" -2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.6" -0.24"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.36" -0.04"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
28" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
47" -2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" -2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
38" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.32" -0.59"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.93" 0.14"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
18" 1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
71" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 2"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" -0.2"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.04" -0.11"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
18.8" -0.24"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.36" 0.29"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
12" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
36" -1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
27" 1"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
1.92" -0.29"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
51" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
10" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
32" -124"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" -1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" -1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
60" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.03" -0.22"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
37" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
50" 2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" -1"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.46" -0.24"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
10" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
49" 1"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.91" -0.1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.35" -0.15"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.18" -0.23"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
38" 2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
68" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
34" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Vail 38" 16° 1.35"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Beaver Creek Resort 32" 24° 1.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 447.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 68.8cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pumphouse 447.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 242.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Gore Canyon 447.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Silverthorne Town Run 23.3cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-