Spencer Heights


An excellent stretch of whitewater below the Joe Wright and the Big South fork best combined with one of the above stretches.  Scout the takeout eddy for Poudre Falls before running this section.  1/4 mile above the falls is Rocket Launcher, which deserves a scout.  Its capricious hole and short distance above Poudre Falls makes this drop also a frequent portage.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 1,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06752000, the Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn Remember only watercraft are permitted at Spencer Heights.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
17 cfs 4.6 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
19 cfs 1.5 ft
St. Vrain Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
25 cfs 2.9 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
1 cfs 2.7 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
17 cfs 6.9 ft
Laramie R Bl Pioneer Canal Nr Woods Landing
USGS 06659502
1,010 cfs 3.2 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
14 cfs 4.7 ft
Colorado River Below Lake Granby
USGS 09019000
22 cfs 3.2 ft
Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn
USGS 06752000
70 cfs 2.9 ft
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
57 cfs 2.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
1.87" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
1.67" -0.66"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
1.24" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
4.14" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
15" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
20" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
5" 1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
0.62" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
0.51" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
6" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
3" 1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
13" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
7" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
3.13" 1.62"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.61" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.06" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
9" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
divide 4nw
SNOTEL DNWC2
2.93" -0.32"
cripple creek 5.1 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-16
0.56" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
21" 0"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
11" 1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
27" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
2" -3"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
9" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Sunset Point 25 8,297 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Stillwater 129 8,315 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Browns Park 28 8,450 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
Green Ridge 78 8,360 ft
The Crags - State Forest State Park 26 9,917 ft
Chambers Lake 44 9,166 ft
Willow Creek 35 8,201 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park 100 8,933 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Tunnel 49 8,608 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 17" 40° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 5" 46° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 7" 45° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
NSV 25.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper North Fork 0.04cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Big South 29.9cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Rustic (Upper) 70.3cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Spencer Heights 70.3cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V