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Colorado whitewater, Lake Creek

Lake county, Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     9 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Lake County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. If you're coming from Edwards it's not a long drive
    at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with
plenty of rivers for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Sawatch Range is a great experience. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all  
set. This stretch of Lake Creek is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Hayden Gulch is near Lake Creek and is a perfect place, and if you're visiting from Twin Lakes, you won't be the only one. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Sawatch Range. If the weather is fine here at Lake Creek, you can go for a hike along the Mount Elbert Trail. The Mount Massive Trail is a fine hiking trail in the neighborhood of Lake Creek. During the months of summer here at Lake Creek, high temperatures generally reach the 70's, and throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 40's.

Lake Creek, Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch 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 Lake Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lake Creek:
Lake Creek, Lake County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 9 miles long (Graham Gulch to 1/4 mi east of Monitor Gulch)
Clear Creek, Chaffee County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 3.3 miles long (to Arkansas River)
Taylor River, Gunnison County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 18 miles long (Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont)
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.2 miles long (Weller Lake to Difficult Campground)
Arkansas River, Lake/ Chaffee County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 18 miles long (Leadville to Granite)
Fryingpan River, Eagle County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.7 miles long (Upper)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Granite to Numbers Launch Site)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nova Guides, Eagle County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Roaring Fork, Pitkin County, 24 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Pitkin County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Lake Creek:
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 20 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 21 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 24 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 27 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 28 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 31 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 32 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 34 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
 Marinas Near Lake Creek:
Taylor Park Marina, Almont , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Lake Creek:
Super 8 Leadville CO, Leadville , 15 miles away
Delaware Hotel, Leadville , 17 miles away
CHATEAU BLANC CONDOS, Aspen , 23 miles away
The Gant, Aspen , 23 miles away
Frias Properties Of Aspen, Aspen , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lake Creek:
Twin Peaks Campground, Lake County, 5 miles away
Parry Peak Campground, Lake County, 6 miles away
Elbert Creek Campground, Lake County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Lake Creek:
Mount Elbert Trail, Lake , 5 miles away
Mount Massive Trail, Lake , 7 miles away
Main Range Trail, Lake , 7 miles away
Timberline Trail, Gunnison , 9 miles away
Highline Trail, Lake , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lake Creek:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 35 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 35 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 21 miles away
San Isabel National Forest, Colorado , 24 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lake Creek:
MT Massive Golf Course, Leadville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Lake Creek
Ivanhoe Lake, Pitkin , 11 miles away
Twin Lakes, Chaffee , 12 miles away
Warren Lake, Pitkin , 19 miles away

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