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
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
16 cfs 4.3 ft
Big Thompson River At Mouth
USGS 06744000
31 cfs 1.3 ft
Left Hand Creek At Hover Road Near Longmont
USGS 06724970
6 cfs 5.7 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
13 cfs 0.8 ft
St Vrain Cr Blw Boulder Cr At Hwy 119 Nr Longmont
USGS 06730525
54 cfs 9.7 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
535 cfs 8.6 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.7 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
47 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
29" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Carter Lake - South Side Campgrounds None 5,711 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
South Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,435 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Flatiron Reservoir None 5,483 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Curt Gowdy State Park None 7,593 ft
Inlet Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,437 ft
Carter Lake - North Side Campgrounds None 5,792 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 48° 13.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
Upper Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Middle Narrows 94.9cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 94.9cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper North Fork 105.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower North Fork 94.9cfs 11.0 Mi III
Lower Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 62.1cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+