Mineral Creek - 01. Mineral Creek

Mineral Creek, Colorado, US


01. Mineral Creek

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 320 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09359010 100 - 300 cfs V 70d18h06m 47.1 cfs (too low)

River Description

There may be several sections of whitewater along Mineral Creek above Silverton. Put ins and take outs are unknown to this author at this time.  The coordinates and markers shown on the map are not accurate but merely show the correct drainage. Please use the map and local resources to figure out the sections which have whitwater boating.

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Last Updated: 2017-07-09 21:06:27


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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 21 2014 (1700 days ago)
David EckelberryDetails
As a general rule of thumb for the Mineral Creek gauge in Silverton, 1/2 water comes from S.
Mineral Creek and the other 1/2 comes from Mineral Creek. The gauge reading at 400 cfs would be
approx. 200 cfs attributable to each branch of Mineral Creek. At flows at or below 200 cfs this
section (not to be confused with S. Mineral) of Mineral Creek is mostly class IV read and run
boulder drops with a couple of better formed rapids near the bottom of the run. Higher flows ramp
up the level of difficulty due to the cold water, continuous gradient and tight blind corners. Wood
can definitely be in play as the run cuts thru the bottom of several large avalanche paths. You can
put in at the bridge as it crosses the creek on the road to Ophir Pass or put in below the power
transformer station just downstream. Run is approx 2 miles long and takes out at the bridge at the
confluence with S. Mineral Creek.