Middle Narrows


A fun but short more manageable section of the Poudre Narrows.  Fun boofs abound.  Middle Narrows is generally Class IV until the water gets very high.  This run is legitamately fun down to 1.3' if you know where to be.  Below that some of the sections are a little too bony for most boaters.   Run laps or combine it with the upper and/or lower section.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 250cfs 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 Middle Narrows.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
St. Vrain Creek Below Longmont
USGS 06725450
-999,999 cfs ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
322 cfs 4.3 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
136 cfs 1.6 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
16 cfs 4.4 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
234 cfs 3.3 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
0 cfs 0.2 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
22 cfs 1.0 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
25 cfs 1.3 ft
North Fork Cache La Poudre R. At Livermore
USGS 06751490
24 cfs 7.3 ft
Laramie River Near Bosler
USGS 06661585
1,950 cfs 5.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 64° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Lower North Fork 182.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 182.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+