Lower Narrows


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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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
25 cfs 2.0 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
30 cfs 1.2 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
56 cfs 2.2 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
149 cfs 2.1 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
69 cfs 2.8 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
22 cfs 1.0 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
0 cfs 0.2 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
23 cfs 2.9 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
100 cfs 5.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 64° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower North Fork 182.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 182.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-