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
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.8 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
233 cfs 3.6 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
53 cfs 0.7 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
3 cfs 2.0 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
30 cfs 3.7 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.3 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
17 cfs 2.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 64° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 39.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Snake 21.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
State Bridge to Burns 646.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 103.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Gore Canyon 646.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pumphouse 646.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+