Cache La Poudre, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||62 fpm|
|CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS|
|codwr-CLAFTCCO0||600 - 3000 cfs||III-IV||00h54m||528 cfs (too low)|
The rapids in this section are easy and suitable for beg/intermediate paddlers with the possible exception of the 'White Mile'. A more accurate description of this section is 'the busy 1/4 mile'.
To get there: The most common put-in is at a highway pull-off at Home Moraine near Mile
The most common take-out is just below the low bridge. There is a paved lot on river left just after crossing the bridge when you're driving upstream. I've seen a lot of rafters parking in the lot shortly downstream on river right (before crossing the bridge if you're driving upstream). The bridge is near mile marker 94.
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).