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
North Fork Cache La Poudre R. At Livermore
USGS 06751490
101 cfs 8.1 ft
Laramie River At Laramie
USGS 06660000
48 cfs 4.3 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
5 cfs 4.3 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
32 cfs 2.0 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
46 cfs 1.0 ft
North Platte River Near Northgate
USGS 06620000
159 cfs 3.0 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
7 cfs 2.5 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
105 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
29" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Sunset Point 25 8,297 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
Browns Park 28 8,450 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
The Crags - State Forest State Park 26 9,917 ft
Chambers Lake 44 9,166 ft
Tunnel 49 8,608 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Green Ridge 78 8,360 ft
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park 100 8,933 ft
Stillwater 129 8,315 ft
Willow Creek 35 8,201 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 48° 13.27"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 46" 40° 10.67"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 44" 43° 16.25"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Big South 26.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Spencer Heights 94.9cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Rustic (Upper) 94.9cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper North Fork 105.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-