Cache La Poudre, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||33 fpm|
|CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS|
|codwr-CLAFTCCO0||250 - 3000 cfs||III-IV||01h06m||1560 cfs (running)|
|Corresponds to 1300-2600 cfs by the CO DWR. 3000 is about 5.25', a very rocking level. Pineview Falls is extremely powerful. Gauge (1055 sq.mi.drainage) lies downstream of this run (toward end of next section), so may vary slightly from actual flows.|
Usually paddled to provide a little more mileage to
the Poudre Park section.
The gradient slows through this section, and if it weren't for man-made hazards this is an excellent intermediate/beginner run.
The main hazard is a bridge located at the bottom of one of the rapids.
The bridge abutments are in swift water and can be difficult to maneuver around for a beginning boater.
Just upstream of the take-out is an ender hole/eddy line combination river right.
To get there: The put-in is a long narrow pullout below Pineview Falls at mile marker 112.7. Make sure you don't park in the commercial bus territory or your car may be towed. The takeout is a pull-out at mile marker 114.7. * If you haven't used this takeout before make sure to scout it so you know where to get out, just downstream is a low-head dam.
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.
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).