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
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
523 cfs 4.7 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
144 cfs 4.9 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
873 cfs 8.8 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
204 cfs 8.5 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
28 cfs 4.2 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
18 cfs 0.8 ft
Colorado River Near Granby
USGS 09019500
77 cfs 1.6 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
20 cfs 8.5 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
190 cfs 2.1 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
161 cfs 4.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 57" 47° 6.06"
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 17.23"
Vail 40" 62° 12.35"
Arapahoe Basin 57" 54° 21.7"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 60° 15.68"
Loveland 57" 54° 21.7"
Keystone Resort 36" 60° 24.66"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 796.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 796.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+