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
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
40 cfs 2.7 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
7 cfs 2.5 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
12 cfs 2.3 ft
Illinois Creek Near Rand
USGS 06617500
21 cfs 1.5 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
54 cfs 3.1 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Moffat Water Tunnel At East Portal
USGS 09022500
13 cfs 0.4 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
5 cfs 4.3 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
1 cfs 2.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
5.65" 2.58"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
2.53" 2.2"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
0.53" 0"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
1.43" 1.13"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
5.28" 3.53"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
0.34" 0"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
0.55" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.5" 2.5"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
3.42" 3.18"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
1.35" 0"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.44" 2.13"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
1.24" 0"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
2.76" 2.36"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.19" 3.52"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.39" 2.25"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.54" 3.17"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
1.41" 0"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
5.32" 4.46"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
0.64" 0"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
1.3" 0"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
2.07" 1.51"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
0.67" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
3.15" 2.71"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
3.19" 2.72"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
4.93" 4.16"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.48" 0"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
3.29" 2.75"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
0.49" 0"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
2.6" 2.07"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
0.55" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
3.81" 3.26"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
3.84" 3.18"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
3.93" 3.29"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
1.41" 1.17"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
3.24" 2.91"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
3.4" 2.91"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.11" 0.05"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.38" 0"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
0.26" 0.13"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
5.22" 3.74"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
0.4" 0"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
0.72" 0"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
1.44" 1.19"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
0.5" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
3.84" 3.27"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
1.53" 1.22"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
2.96" 2.16"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
4.56" 3.82"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
3.68" 2.84"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
0.64" 0"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
0.35" 0"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
3.97" 3.34"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
2.76" 2.36"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
0.7" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.22" 2.7"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
3.51" 2.97"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
1.34" 0"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
2.93" 2.46"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
4.4" 3.7"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
0.66" 0"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
3.95" 3.31"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
1.07" 0.99"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
0.34" 0"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
1.01" 0"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
1.94" 0"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
31" 2"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
1.69" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.7" 4.13"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.67" 5.46"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
1.63" 1.33"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
3.45" 2.63"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
0.96" 0"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
4.56" 3.82"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
0.62" 0.09"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
53" 3"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
3.84" 2.77"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.65" 2.06"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
1.53" 1.22"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
1.02" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
2.23" 1.87"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
0.47" 0"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
0.51" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Bellaire Lake 26 8,665 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Moraine Park None 8,111 ft
Glacier Basin - Rocky Mountain National Park 150 8,604 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Longs Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park 26 9,397 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Meeboer Lake Access Area - WGF None 7,239 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 57" 27° 14.19"
Eldora Mountain Resort 26" 26° 14.44"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 42" 26° 11.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
NSV 55.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper Narrows 56.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper North Fork 69.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Big South 39.9cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 46.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Rustic (Upper) 56.4cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 55.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Narrows 56.4cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Spencer Heights 56.4cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 141.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 72.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 56.4cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+