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
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
3 cfs 0.3 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
36 cfs 1.6 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
1 cfs 4.1 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
2 cfs 3.1 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
226 cfs 2.6 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
14 cfs 2.7 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
33 cfs 1.9 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
11 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
8" -1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
7" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
1" 2"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
4" 1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
1" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
12" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
3" 1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
1" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
1" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
15" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
3" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
1.39" -0.33"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
5" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" -1"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.23" -1.1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
2" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
6" 1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
5" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
2" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" -1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
5" 3"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
11" 10"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" 1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
3" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
3" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" 1"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.34" -1.21"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
3" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Blue River 24 8,472 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Sugar Loaf 11 8,989 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Arapahoe Basin 8" 35° 0.59"
Vail 1" 46° 1.2"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 3" 44° 1.44"
Loveland 8" 35° 0.59"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 0.67"
Ski Cooper -182" 44° 0.22"
Keystone Resort 3" 45° 0.25"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 41.3cfs 1.0 Mi V 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
Gore Canyon 716.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 130.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 9.8cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 119.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
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
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 13.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 394.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Snake 21.1cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 26.3cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Middle Ten Mile 26.3cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV