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
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
40 cfs 2.1 ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
39 cfs 2.5 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
25 cfs 1.8 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
4 cfs 3.0 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
3 cfs 1.9 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
288 cfs 2.2 ft
Blue River Below Dillon
USGS 09050700
103 cfs 1.1 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
130 cfs 11.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

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