Cache La Poudre, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||44 fpm|
|CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS|
|codwr-CLAFTCCO0||300 - 2500 cfs||II-III||00h25m||1720 cfs (running)|
|High-boatable flow. Gauge (1055 sq.mi.drainage) lies on this run, so will accurately portray flows.|
Check out their description of this reach.
This is the easy beginner run on the Poudre. There are two only two rapids (III), with
swift moving class II in between. The first rapid is between the put-in and the bridge. The
second rapid, Mad Dog Rapid, is after the bridge when the river takes a hard right turn.
To get there: Put in at the large pull-out below the filter plant. Watch out for fast cars, most people don't slow down for the corner here and they don't expect to see rafts and kayaks crossing the road! The take-out is at Picnic Rock Access. Picnic Rock is part of the State Parks system and you will have to pay a user fee, if you have a State Parks season pass you don't have to pay the fee. Make sure you make the takeout at Picnic Rock, there is a nasty low-head dam just down stream.
See Colorado Rivers and Creeks II, by Banks and Eckardt (The Bible), for info on this and most of the other kewl runs of Colorado.
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).