Clear Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||85 fpm|
|CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO|
|usgs-06719505||500 - 1000 cfs||IV||00h31m||81 cfs (too low)|
This is the most popular run on Clear Creek with its close proximity to Golden.
Keep in mind the riverbed is all blasted rock and is very unkind to upside down or swimming boaters. Sharp angled rock lines this route.
To get there: The put-in is below Rigor Mortis on Hwy 6 at mile 267.2. To get to the takeout take the Washington Street exit on Hwy 6, head south and then turn right on 10th street. The Play Park in Golden is near a large parking lot on the left after passing the baseball fields.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|4.0||Screamin' 1/4 Mile Rapid||IV|
|6.0||Clear Creek Whitewater Park||III|
Sharp rocks in a nasty man-made drop. Unfortunately the portage is a pain in the butt. You can take out just upstream, but the best surf waves and the play park are just downstream...
Judge Orders Water for Golden's Whitewater Park in CO
June 21, 2001
An economic analysis of the benefits of the whitewater park on Clear Creek in Golden, CO.