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Colorado whitewater, Willow Creek

Grand county, National Forest Campground to Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Grand County and the water flowing gracefully down Willow Creek beats anything. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Silverthorne, there's a road map further down the page with more info on
    that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The National Forest Campground to Reservoir stretch of Willow Creek is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. This is one of a small number
of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The beautiful Park Range scenery is  
an added bonus. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
On a wonderful day at Willow Creek you can take a hike along the Gilsonite Trail; if you like skiing, you're in luck; SolVista Basin is quite near. Whohoo, so much amusing stuff in one place! The Park Range rocks! There is a good hiking trail close to Willow Creek called the Wolverine Trail, and you'll meet a lot of people from Hot Sulphur Springs here. This is such a fun river. A day at striking Surprise Beach in close proximity to Willow Creek is a pleasant thing to do.

Willow Creek, National Forest Campground to Reservoir 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 Willow Creek.
 Whitewater Near Willow Creek:
Willow Creek, Grand County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (National Forest Campground to Reservoir)
Colorado River, Grand County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Hot Sulphur Springs to Highway 40 bridge)
Fraser River, Grand County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.4 miles long (Tabernash to Granby)
Williams Fork, Grand County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Horseshoe Campground to Williams Fork Reservoir)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Numbers Launch to Railroad Bridge Launch)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Long Draw Reservoir to Big South Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventures in Whitewater, Grand County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Mad Adventures, Grand County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Blue River, Summit County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Blue River Camp Ground to FR 2400)
Clear Creek - West Fork, Clear Creek County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Coors Falls to Gunshot)
 Ski Areas Near Willow Creek:
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 11 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 23 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 28 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 30 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 31 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 32 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 37 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 37 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Vail, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 46 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
 Marinas Near Willow Creek:
Highland Marina, Granby , 8 miles away
Grand Elk Marina, Granby , 8 miles away
Beacon Landing Marina, Grand Lake , 10 miles away
Shadow Mountain Marina and RV, Grand Lake , 11 miles away
Trail Ridge Marina, Grand Lake , 11 miles away
 Beaches Near Willow Creek:
Surprise Beach, Grand , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Willow Creek:
Littletree Inn, Granby , 8 miles away
Canyon Motel, Hot Sulphur Springs , 8 miles away
Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Lake , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge, Grand Lake , 14 miles away
Gateway Inn Restaurant Cnf Ctr, Grand Lake , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Willow Creek:
Sawmill Gulch Campground, Grand County, 4 miles away
Willow Creek Campground, Grand County, 5 miles away
Willow Creek Group, Granby, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Willow Creek:
Gilsonite Trail, Grand , 6 miles away
Wolverine Trail, Grand , 8 miles away
Willow Pass Trail, Jackson , 9 miles away
Bill Creek Trail, Grand , 9 miles away
Supply Creek Trail, Grand , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Willow Creek:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 36 miles away
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado , 20 miles away
State Forest State Park, Colorado , 31 miles away
Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Willow Creek:
Grand Elk Golf Course, Granby , 8 miles away
SolVista Golf Club, Granby , 8 miles away
Grand Lake Golf Course, Grand Lake , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Willow Creek
Lost Lake, Grand , 7 miles away
Lake Granby, Grand , 10 miles away
Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand , 12 miles away

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