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
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
57 cfs 2.1 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
58 cfs 5.5 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
135 cfs 1.6 ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
209 cfs 3.1 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
51 cfs 3.0 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
3 cfs 2.9 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
22 cfs 0.6 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
8 cfs 1.6 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
6 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"

Outdoor Recreation

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