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
Colorado River Near Granby
USGS 09019500
82 cfs 1.6 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
69 cfs 2.2 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
2 cfs 5.2 ft
Laramie R Bl Pioneer Canal Nr Woods Landing
USGS 06659502
1,010 cfs 3.2 ft
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
393 cfs 3.2 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
8 cfs 2.5 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
1 cfs 9.8 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
261 cfs 4.2 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
111 cfs 5.3 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
659 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 0" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 270.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 749.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Gnar Section 681.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Main Section 57.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Narrows 749.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Lower Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 12.4cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Rustic (Upper) 749.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
October Hole 270.0cfs None Mi II
Upper Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Upper North Fork 74.5cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower North Fork 749.0cfs 11.0 Mi III