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
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
149 cfs 1.7 ft
Michigan River At Walden
USGS 06617100
139 cfs 2.3 ft
Laramie River Near Bosler
USGS 06661585
1,950 cfs 5.9 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
14 cfs 4.5 ft
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
81 cfs 2.3 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
67 cfs 2.8 ft
Rock Creek Ab King Canyon Canal
USGS 06632400
91 cfs 1.5 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
41 cfs 7.3 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
834 cfs 4.3 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
163 cfs 4.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Bellaire Lake 26 8,665 ft
Glacier Basin - Rocky Mountain National Park 150 8,604 ft
Meeboer Lake Access Area - WGF None 7,239 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Longs Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park 26 9,397 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
Moraine Park None 8,111 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 70° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 69° 0"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 57" 47° 6.06"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Spencer Heights 182.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Big South 287.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 182.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+