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
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
78 cfs 4.1 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
96 cfs 2.9 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
402 cfs 4.6 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
100 cfs 2.3 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
14 cfs 2.9 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Laramie R Bl Pioneer Canal Nr Woods Landing
USGS 06659502
1,010 cfs 3.2 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
1,380 cfs 4.1 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
101 cfs 2.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
The Crags - State Forest State Park 26 9,917 ft
Browns Park 28 8,450 ft
Willow Creek 35 8,201 ft
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park 100 8,933 ft
Sunset Point 25 8,297 ft
Chambers Lake 44 9,166 ft
Green Ridge 78 8,360 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Tunnel 49 8,608 ft
Stillwater 129 8,315 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 68° 10.48"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 67° 7.45"
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 57" 47° 6.06"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Spencer Heights 182.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Big South 278.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+