Upper Ten Mile


When the upper section runs at flows above 800cfs, it is a solid V. Steep, lots of holes, and of course the menacing threat that if you swim you'll be swimming forever. Swims have gone as far as Frisco, 4 miles downstream. One season both clerks of the local kayak shop, located at the base of the Middle Ten Mile dislocated their shoulders on this run. And then there's the bridge. The bridge at officer's gulch cannot be run at most flows and there are few if any eddies. You'll need to stop at Officer's to scout an eddy above the bridge before putting on. That said, its tremendous fun.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Ten Mile Creek are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 1,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09050100, the Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C Remember only watercraft are permitted at Upper Ten Mile.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09057500
322 cfs 4.1 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
48 cfs 2.8 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
12 cfs 2.3 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
66 cfs 3.1 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
20 cfs 1.4 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
6 cfs 1.4 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 4.9 ft
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
11 cfs 4.4 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
22 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
51" -4"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Keystone Resort 39" 27° 12.48"
Loveland 60" 18° 10.29"
Arapahoe Basin 60" 18° 10.29"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 42" 26° 11.52"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gore Canyon 853.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Snake 9.91cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 221.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V