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Whitewater River Run

Colorado Cache La Poudre River

Filter Plant

Class II TO III+


82°, Mostly Sunny Then Chance T-Storms And Breezy

The Filter Plant section of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado is a popular Class II-III river run. The run starts at the Filter Plant Dam and ends at the take-out at Picnic Rock. The section has several obstacles, including a few class III rapids that can be challenging. The best time to float this section is from May to September when the water levels are between 300-800cfs. At higher levels, the run becomes more challenging, and some rapids become Class IV. Overall, the Filter Plant River Run is a great option for intermediate paddlers looking for a fun and challenging whitewater experience.

Weather today, A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming north northwest 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Status Runnable
Class Level II to III+
Elevation 4,871 ft
Streamflow Discharge 1680 cfs
Gauge Height 6.7 ft
Reporting Streamgage Cache La Poudre R Ab Boxelder C
USGS 06752280

Nearby Snowpack and Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
720 cfs 3.1 ft
Sand Creek At Colorado-Wyoming State Line
USGS 06659580
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
1,960 cfs 5.3 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
346 cfs 4.0 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
38 cfs 5.6 ft
North Fork Cache La Poudre R. At Livermore
USGS 06751490
366 cfs 9.4 ft
Laramie River At Laramie
USGS 06660000
1,100 cfs 8.5 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Boulder Cr At North 75Th St Nr Boulder
USGS 06730200
864 cfs 6.6 ft
Laramie River Near Bosler
USGS 06661585
1,950 cfs 5.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lake Irene
1" -6"
7" -2"
Laprele Creek
1" 0"
Berthoud Summit
11" -4"
Fool Creek
12" -3"
University Camp
13" -1"
Echo Lake
1" 0"
High Lonesome
1" 1"
Hourglass Lake
1" 0"
Bear Lake
2" 0"

Popular Destinations

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Boyd Lake State Park 148 4,991 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Carter Lake - South Side Campgrounds None 5,711 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Inlet Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,437 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Carter Lake - North Side Campgrounds None 5,792 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
South Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,435 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Yellow Pine 19 8,338 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Flatiron Reservoir None 5,483 ft
Curt Gowdy State Park None 7,593 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 2" 61° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort -1" 62° 0"
Echo Mountain Park 1" 57° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 1960.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 1680.0cfs None Mi II to III+
October Hole 1050.0cfs None Mi II
Rustic (Upper) 1960.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 1050.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Narrows 1960.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper Clear Creek 1010.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Lower Narrows 1960.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 1960.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
Gnar Section 642.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Golden Whitewater Park 1680.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Lower Boulder Canyon 642.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Middle Narrows 1960.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 1010.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper North Fork 346.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 1680.0cfs None Mi II to III+
NSV 1050.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Main Section 1100.0cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Idledale to Morrison 202.0cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 864.0cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 864.0cfs None Mi V+

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