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
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
1 cfs 2.3 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
2 cfs 5.1 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
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
2 cfs 2.9 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
3 cfs 4.8 ft
Laramie River At Laramie
USGS 06660000
48 cfs 4.3 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
32 cfs 2.0 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
29" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 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
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Lower North Fork 94.9cfs 11.0 Mi III
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 94.9cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper North Fork 105.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 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-
Rustic (Upper) 94.9cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+