Lower North Fork


Class II/III rapids with Class V scenery

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 North Fork.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
14 cfs 4.1 ft
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
11 cfs 1.4 ft
Boulder Creek At Mouth
USGS 06730500
47 cfs 9.6 ft
North Clear Creek Above Mouth Nr Blackhawk
USGS 06718550
2 cfs 3.8 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
8 cfs 0.6 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Left Hand Creek At Hover Road Near Longmont
USGS 06724970
4 cfs 5.8 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
6 cfs 1.3 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
32 cfs 2.6 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
11 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
4" 1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
6" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.04" -0.56"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
8" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
14" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
16" -1"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
18" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
9" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
16" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
14" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
8" 1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
2" 0"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Flatiron Reservoir None 5,483 ft
Curt Gowdy State Park None 7,593 ft
Carter Lake - South Side Campgrounds None 5,711 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
South Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,435 ft
Carter Lake - North Side Campgrounds None 5,792 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Inlet Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,437 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 6" 43° 0.05"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Boulder Canyon 46.7cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Middle Narrows 60.3cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Upper North Fork 0.04cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 3.1cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 3.1cfs None Mi II to III+
Main Section 69.4cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower North Fork 60.3cfs 11.0 Mi III
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 60.3cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 22.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
October Hole 22.0cfs None Mi II
NSV 22.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 60.3cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper Narrows 60.3cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+