Cache La Poudre, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||67 fpm|
|CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS|
|codwr-CLAFTCCO0||250 - 2500 cfs||III-IV+||00h25m||1640 cfs (running)|
|This corresponds to about 4 - 5' on the Pineview gauge. Gauge (1055 sq.mi.drainage) lies miles downstream, just beyond headgate for Poudre Valley Canal, so may vary from actual flow here.|
Photo: Pineview Falls at 3.5 feet, by Brad Goettemoeller, courtesy of and copyright by www.allaboutrivers.com.
Check out their description of this reach.
This reach of the Poudre River flows through the community of Poudre Park, and there are several bridges that you will need to avoid. The two largest rapids are in the last mile, just before the takeout. The first is Cardiac Corner (IV), which boats easier than it looks like from upstream. This rapid cannot be seen from the road, and it has a scary looking overhanging/undercut rock at the bottom, and it tends to intimidate intermediates and paddlers who float into it unaware. Shortly downstream is Poudre Falls (IV), just upstream of the falls on river left is the Poudre River Pineview gauge. Poudre Falls has a couple of large holes, so pick your line carefully and hang on for the ride! Above 4', Pineview is a powerful rapid and the big hole is best avoided by e.g. a right to left line.
To get there: The most commonly used put-in is just above the bridge at Hewlett Gulch at mile marker 110.7. Just downstream of Poudre Falls, on river right, is the takeout at mile marker 112.7.
For descriptions of Colorado runs, see Whitewater of the Southern Rockies by Stafford and
McCutchen, or Colorado Rivers and Creeks by Banks and Eckert.
The most reliable flow information, and a calculator for converting cfs to/from the Pineview gauge, is available from the Poudre Rock Report at http://www.poudrerockreport.com
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
Big South (Class V/VI),
Joe Wright Creek (Class V),
Spencer Heights (Class V/VI),
South Fork (Class IV/V),
White Mile Run/Upper Rustic (Class III),
Grandpa's Gorge/Lower Rustic (Class III/IV),
The Narrows (Class IV/V/V+),
Upper Mishawaka (Class III/IV),
Lower Mishiwaka (Class III),
Poudre Park (Class IV),
Bridges (Class III/IV),
Upper North Fork (Class IV/V),
Lower North Fork (Class II/III), and
Filter Plant (Class III).