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
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
20 cfs 4.2 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
5 cfs 0.6 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
8 cfs 1.3 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
3 cfs 2.6 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
394 cfs 4.3 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
33 cfs 1.9 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
36 cfs 1.6 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
10 cfs 2.9 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
3" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
7" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
6" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
5" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
15" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
5" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
2" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
1" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" 1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
4" 1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
3" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 2"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
2" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
12" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
3" 1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
14" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
2" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
3" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
1" 2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
1.39" -0.33"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
8" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Vail 1" 46° 1.2"
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 55° 1.25"
Ski Cooper -182" 44° 0.22"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
State Bridge to Burns 716.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 119.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 41.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Snake 21.1cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 9.8cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Gore Canyon 716.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Silverthorne Town Run 57.1cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 716.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
The Upper 41.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 130.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III