Rustic (Upper)


Upper Rustic is a fun run that doesn't see too much action.  As with all Poudre Runs the put in is really up to you, and there are many river access options scattered throughout the run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 350cfs and a high of 1,300cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06752000, the Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn Remember only watercraft are permitted at Rustic (Upper).

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
15 cfs 4.2 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
7 cfs 2.5 ft
Little Laramie River Near Filmore
USGS 06661000
671 cfs 2.9 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
16 cfs 4.2 ft
Laramie River At Laramie
USGS 06660000
8 cfs 3.2 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
66 cfs 2.7 ft
Moffat Water Tunnel At East Portal
USGS 09022500
-999 cfs -0.2 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
75 cfs 3.8 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Left Hand Creek Near Boulder
USGS 06724500
10 cfs 0.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Moraine Park None 8,111 ft
Meeboer Lake Access Area - WGF None 7,239 ft
Longs Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park 26 9,397 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Glacier Basin - Rocky Mountain National Park 150 8,604 ft
Bellaire Lake 26 8,665 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 0" 61° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort -1" 66° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) -1" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Gnar Section 588.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 76.7cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Lower Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper North Fork 66.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Big South 44.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 17.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Narrows 76.7cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Rustic (Upper) 76.7cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
Spencer Heights 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
NSV 17.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Main Section 7.98cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V