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
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
141 cfs 4.4 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
9 cfs 1.6 ft
Boulder Cr At North 75Th St Nr Boulder
USGS 06730200
71 cfs 5.0 ft
Laramie River At Laramie
USGS 06660000
58 cfs 3.9 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
4 cfs 1.8 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
2 cfs 5.2 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
2 cfs 0.7 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
14 cfs 1.5 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
8 cfs 2.2 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
81 cfs 1.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Buckskin Joe
182" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Green Ridge 78 8,360 ft
Chambers Lake 44 9,166 ft
Big South 4 8,580 ft
Long Draw 25 10,059 ft
Stillwater 129 8,315 ft
Big Bend 8 7,717 ft
The Crags - State Forest State Park 26 9,917 ft
Sunset Point 25 8,297 ft
North Fork Poudre 9 9,159 ft
Willow Creek 35 8,201 ft
Browns Park 28 8,450 ft
Grand View 9 10,038 ft
Tunnel 49 8,608 ft
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park 100 8,933 ft
Aspen Glen 9 8,694 ft
Sleeping Elephant 15 7,865 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 0" 63° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 0" 64° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Big South 215.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Upper North Fork 74.5cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Rustic (Upper) 749.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Spencer Heights 749.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
NSV 270.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+