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 cfs and a high of cfs. 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
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
7 cfs 8.3 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Bear Creek At Morrison
USGS 06710500
14 cfs 5.7 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 4.6 ft
Laramie River Near Bosler
USGS 06661585
1,950 cfs 5.9 ft
Laramie R Bl Pioneer Canal Nr Woods Landing
USGS 06659502
1,010 cfs 3.2 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
14 cfs 4.7 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
2 cfs 4.4 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
26 cfs 2.5 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
1 cfs 4.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.29" -0.28"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
21.01" -0.47"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
0.82" -0.35"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
46" -1"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
8.48" -0.62"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
22" -1"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
5.75" -0.62"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
4" -0.69"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
2.3" -0.22"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
7.24" -0.58"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
1.15" -0.8"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.13" -0.4"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
1.56" -0.02"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
2.3" -0.14"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
1.61" -0.1"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
2.66" -0.08"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
1.25" -0.57"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
49" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
47" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
1.52" -0.14"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.07" -0.45"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
0.56" -0.42"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
3.58" -0.85"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
43" -1"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
0.11" -1.08"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.33" -0.11"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.34" -0.14"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
1.09" -0.02"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
1.76" -0.12"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" -0.04"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
26" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
9.86" -0.51"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
1.35" -0.49"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
42" -1"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
0.56" -0.4"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.72" -0.63"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
4.46" -0.09"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
2.02" -0.11"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
36" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
41" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
1.12" -0.11"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.44" -0.08"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
1.78" -0.14"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
1.8" -0.25"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
49" -1"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
1.75" -0.48"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
0.69" -0.3"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
19" -1"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.31" -1.3"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
0.69" -0.3"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
0.73" -0.07"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
28" 0"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
1.74" -0.16"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
1.94" -0.48"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
2.02" -0.11"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
1.18" -0.05"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
0.99" -0.27"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
1.96" -0.08"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.61" -0.05"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
2.08" -0.44"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
3.78" -0.55"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
16" 0"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
2" 2"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
2.38" -0.15"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
1.28" -0.07"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
1.98" -0.3"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
35" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.1" -0.36"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
1.12" -0.52"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
13" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
6" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
38" 0"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
2.2" -0.41"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
23" 0"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.18" -0.08"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
36" -1"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
1.92" -0.23"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
33" 0"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
1.34" -0.25"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
2.06" -0.01"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
0.01" -1.41"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 36" 31° 5.48"
Eldora Mountain Resort 22" 32° 3.42"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
October Hole 9.49cfs None Mi II
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Middle Narrows 54.5cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Rustic (Upper) 54.5cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 9.49cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
NSV 9.49cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+