Classified as a
river surfing location
is best paddle when discharge levels are
between 150.0 cfs to 800.0 cfs
Ask a seasoned Colorado kayaker what their favorite run in the state is, and more times than not you’ll hear the words “Big South” in their response. High up the Cache La Poudre river drainage, melting off the eastern slope of Rocky Mountain National Park, this gem funnels its way through relatively unspoiled high altitude forests and meadows. In California, this run might blend in with the crowd, but in Colorado, this stands out as a long stretch of quality whitewater in a wilderness setting. It’s not uncommon to find East coast boaters staked out at this run on a summer road trip and Fort Collins locals always abound.
Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 800cfs.
River conditions sourced from USGS 06716500, the Clear Creek Near Lawson
Remember only watercraft are permitted
at Big South.
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