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 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 Middle Narrows.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
3 cfs 1.5 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
10 cfs 2.5 ft
Colorado River Below Lake Granby
USGS 09019000
21 cfs 3.2 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
17 cfs 1.4 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
21 cfs 1.4 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.3 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
1 cfs 4.4 ft
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
9 cfs 4.1 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
11 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
36" -1"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
0.11" -1.08"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.72" -0.63"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
42" -1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
28" 0"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
3.58" -0.85"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
9.86" -0.51"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
33" 0"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
1.94" -0.48"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
1.75" -0.48"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
1.18" -0.05"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
19" -1"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
1.15" -0.8"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.34" -0.14"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
1.52" -0.14"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.33" -0.11"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.18" -0.08"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
0.82" -0.35"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
38" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.1" -0.36"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
6" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" 0"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.29" -0.28"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
1.56" -0.02"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
2.38" -0.15"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
2.06" -0.01"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
1.61" -0.1"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.07" -0.45"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
0.69" -0.3"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
23" 0"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
8.48" -0.62"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
4" -0.69"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
1.28" -0.07"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
2.02" -0.11"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
2.2" -0.41"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
2.66" -0.08"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
3.78" -0.55"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
2.08" -0.44"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
1.12" -0.52"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
26" -1"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
1.12" -0.11"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.13" -0.4"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
1.98" -0.3"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
1.96" -0.08"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
22" -1"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
0.69" -0.3"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
36" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
49" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
41" -2"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
1.25" -0.57"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
4.46" -0.09"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
7.24" -0.58"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
49" -1"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
1.34" -0.25"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
0.73" -0.07"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
1.78" -0.14"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
21.01" -0.47"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
5.75" -0.62"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
1.09" -0.02"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
0.56" -0.4"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
35" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
0.99" -0.27"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
43" -1"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
2.02" -0.11"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" -0.04"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
2.3" -0.22"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
2" 2"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
0.01" -1.41"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
47" -2"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
46" -1"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
1.92" -0.23"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
16" 0"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
13" 0"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
2.3" -0.14"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.44" -0.08"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.61" -0.05"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
1.74" -0.16"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
0.56" -0.42"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
1.35" -0.49"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
1.8" -0.25"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.31" -1.3"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
1.76" -0.12"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 36" 31° 5.48"
Eldora Mountain Resort 22" 32° 3.42"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
October Hole 9.49cfs None Mi II
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
NSV 9.49cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 9.49cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Middle Narrows 54.5cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Rustic (Upper) 54.5cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+