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
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
10 cfs 1.7 ft
Cache La Poudre River Near Greeley
USGS 06752500
54 cfs 1.4 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
2 cfs 0.5 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
0 cfs 0.0 ft
South Platte River At Henderson
USGS 06720500
274 cfs 3.8 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
0 cfs 0.1 ft
Big Thompson River At Loveland
USGS 06741510
8 cfs 0.8 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
22 cfs 4.3 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
21 cfs 1.4 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
11 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
1.8" -0.25"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
1.94" -0.48"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
1.34" -0.25"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
1.78" -0.14"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
2.2" -0.41"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
0.69" -0.3"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
3.58" -0.85"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
0.56" -0.42"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
0.11" -1.08"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
22" -1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
6" -2"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.61" -0.05"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
1.98" -0.3"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
1.61" -0.1"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
2.06" -0.01"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
46" -1"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
1.28" -0.07"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
0.01" -1.41"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
2.08" -0.44"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
1.15" -0.8"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.44" -0.08"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
4.46" -0.09"
greeley 3.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-3
0.18" 0.04"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
16" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
5.75" -0.62"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
7.24" -0.58"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.31" -1.3"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
3.78" -0.55"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
23" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
2.38" -0.15"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
36" 0"
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"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
1.12" -0.11"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
47" -2"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
0.56" -0.4"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
36" -1"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
0.73" -0.07"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.34" -0.14"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
49" -1"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
13" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
1.09" -0.02"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
19" -1"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
1.52" -0.14"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
1.18" -0.05"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.72" -0.63"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" -0.04"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
43" -1"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
1.56" -0.02"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.18" -0.08"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
1.74" -0.16"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
33" 0"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
0.82" -0.35"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
49" -1"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
0.69" -0.3"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
2" 2"
eaton 1.8 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-441
0.09" -0.19"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.13" -0.4"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
8.48" -0.62"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
1.12" -0.52"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
2.3" -0.14"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
0.99" -0.27"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
9.86" -0.51"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.07" -0.45"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
1.75" -0.48"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.33" -0.11"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
28" 0"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
2.02" -0.11"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
2.02" -0.11"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
1.35" -0.49"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
26" -1"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
1.76" -0.12"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
1.92" -0.23"
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"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
1.96" -0.08"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
38" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
South Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,435 ft
Inlet Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,437 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Flatiron Reservoir None 5,483 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Carter Lake - South Side Campgrounds None 5,711 ft
Curt Gowdy State Park None 7,593 ft
Carter Lake - North Side Campgrounds None 5,792 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 22" 32° 3.42"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
October Hole 9.49cfs None Mi II
NSV 9.49cfs 13.0 Mi V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 9.49cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
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-
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V