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
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
26 cfs 2.6 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
95 cfs 3.0 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
7 cfs 6.7 ft
Cherry Creek Below Cherry Creek Lake
USGS 06713000
36 cfs 4.7 ft
Big Thompson River At Loveland
USGS 06741510
4 cfs 0.6 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
32 cfs 2.0 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
48 cfs 2.8 ft
Bear Creek At Morrison
USGS 06710500
25 cfs 6.1 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
3 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
29" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 44" 43° 16.25"
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 48° 13.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Lower North Fork 94.9cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper North Fork 105.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Rustic (Upper) 94.9cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 62.1cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Middle Narrows 94.9cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 94.9cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+