Willow Creek - 01. Steamboat Lake to Elk River

Willow Creek, Colorado, US


01. Steamboat Lake to Elk River

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 90 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
codwr-WILBSLCO0 300 - 1250 cfs IV(V) 90d13h20m 0.248 cfs (too low)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-11 23:26:47


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User Comments

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June 28 2016 (931 days ago)
Justlive (157352)
6/28/2016 My brother and I cut out every single log strainer hazard in the creek. This took an
entire day of chainsaw work and every bit of strength we had. Beware though because now the creek
has a huge amount of 6ft long logs in it It would have been impossible to clear this river and
remove them all. The 2nd of the two really hard rapids is now a sharp hooking right turn at the
end. The piles are no longer strainers or hazardous, but I can't tell how difficult the move will
be (oh ya...if you love the old sneak it is now cleared out as well).. At the end of the run in a
long flat section you will notice a giant pile of logs...this jam you want there because it signals
an approaching fence across the river. Get out before the boulder sneak on the left. It is not
barbed wire, but don't think you can navigate it. Mandatory traffic around will work on river left
(involves scaling Phil Mosses fence/trespass on 5ft of private property. I know everyone hates this
landowner, but this is a fence for cattle and not for killing kayakers so don't destroy it. I
consider the fence as a forced portage on navigatable waters...no different than a fence placed
across the Colorado river. This fence is brand spanking new so be aware of more downstream which
are unknown to us...but that last part is super flat and shouldn't create a huge cocncern.

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