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Colorado whitewater, Clear Creek

Chaffee county, to Arkansas River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     3.3 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Edwards, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Chaffee County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Clear Creek in Colorado
    is 3.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in
this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The to Arkansas River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Sawatch Range scenery is wonderful. This section is quite short so you'd better  
be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
A pleasant place near Clear Creek is Iwoa Gulch, and since you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Twin Lakes. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Sawatch Range. Going for a hike along the Pine Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Hiking along the Main Range Trail is splendid fun. For the period of the long summer days here at Clear Creek, high temperatures mostly get into the 70's. Summer nighttime lows fall down to the 40's. All through the winter highs are in the 30's; nighttime lows through the wintertime for Clear Creek tend to be in the 0's.

Clear Creek, to Arkansas River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Clear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Creek:
Clear Creek, Chaffee County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 3.3 miles long (to Arkansas River)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Granite to Numbers Launch Site)
Lake Creek, Lake County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 9 miles long (Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch)
Arkansas River, Lake/ Chaffee County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 18 miles long (Leadville to Granite)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista)
Taylor River, Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18 miles long (Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Aware Rafting, Chaffee County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Buffalo Joe's Whitewater, Chaffee County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffe County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Company, Chaffee County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Clear Creek:
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 20 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 26 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 30 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 32 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Vail, Colorado , 35 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
 Marinas Near Clear Creek:
Taylor Park Marina, Almont , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Clear Creek:
Super 8 Leadville CO, Leadville , 14 miles away
Delaware Hotel, Leadville , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN Vista Inn, Buena Vista , 19 miles away
Super 8 Buena Vista, Buena Vista , 19 miles away
Lodge Tower Resort, Vail , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Creek:
Crescent Mining Camp, Twin Lakes, 2 miles away
South Fork/Clear Creek Trail, Granite, 3 miles away
Parry Peak Campground, Lake County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Creek:
Main Range Trail, Lake , 6 miles away
Pine Creek Trail, Chaffee , 6 miles away
South Pine Creek Trail, Chaffee , 7 miles away
Texas Creek Trail, Chaffee , 7 miles away
Horn Fork Trail, Chaffee , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Creek:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 33 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 33 miles away
San Isabel National Forest, Colorado , 18 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 28 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Creek:
MT Massive Golf Course, Leadville , 14 miles away
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, Buena Vista , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Creek
Twin Lakes, Chaffee , 7 miles away
Ivanhoe Lake, Pitkin , 17 miles away

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