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
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
2 cfs 5.2 ft
Colorado River Below Lake Granby
USGS 09019000
71 cfs 3.8 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
75 cfs 2.7 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
4 cfs 1.8 ft
Left Hand Creek Near Boulder
USGS 06724500
52 cfs 1.1 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
51 cfs 1.4 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
69 cfs 2.2 ft
Laramie River Near Bosler
USGS 06661585
1,950 cfs 5.9 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Bear Creek Above Bear Creek Lake Near Morrison
USGS 06710605
80 cfs 4.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 0" 64° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Boulder Canyon 12.4cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Gnar Section 681.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
October Hole 270.0cfs None Mi II
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper North Fork 74.5cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 270.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 57.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Filter Plant 140.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower Narrows 749.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Rustic (Upper) 749.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Middle Narrows 749.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 71.2cfs None Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 749.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Lower North Fork 749.0cfs 11.0 Mi III