Too Low to be paddled
and you could find yourself bottoming out on rocks.
Paddlers are advised to exercise caution
with streamflow discharge 32%
the seasonal average of 139 cfs.
Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 57. breezy, with a northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Temps are expected to range between
over the next 5 days
Classified as a
river surfing location
is best paddle when discharge levels are
between 150.0 cfs to 5000.0 cfs
This section is more like one long rapid that starts below a bridge that divides the middle and lower sections. This section can be run down to very low levels (.8' is definitely doable if not fun), and there are significant differences in the difficulty as the water levels change. Below 1.5' on the Guage this section is fairly forgiving IV+. From 1.5'-2.3' the entrance hole becomes a little stickier, but it is still very manageable V-. The rapid continues to get harder as the water level rises, and as the river approaches 3', lower narrows deserves Class V attention. At extreme flows (over 5') this rapid is a monster. It has been run at those flows, but at 5' it is much better to look at than to kayak in my opinion.
Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 5,000cfs.
River conditions sourced from USGS 06752000, the Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
Remember only watercraft are permitted
at Lower Narrows.
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