Steven's Gulch To Bridges Take Out


The most popular run on the Cache la Poudre River. This is a technical class III-IV run for rafts. The only "Wild & Scenic River" in the state of Colorado, the Poudre offers great, fast-paced, technical rapids. Best water levels are in June, just like everywhere else in CO.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 4,700cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06752000, the Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn Remember only watercraft are permitted at Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Tunnel Rapid
Class III- to IV+
Mishawaka Falls
Class III+ to IV

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cache La Poudre R Ab Boxelder C
USGS 06752280
2 cfs 0.8 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
1 cfs 3.4 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
7 cfs 4.2 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
56 cfs 3.7 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
Colorado River Near Granby
USGS 09019500
30 cfs 1.1 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 4.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
0.11" 0"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
1.07" 0.99"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
5.22" 3.74"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
0.55" 0"
parker 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-292
1.18" 0"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
0.51" 0"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
3.51" 2.97"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.11" 0.05"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
0.72" 0"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
31" 2"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
4.56" 3.82"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.81" 0"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
1.53" 1.22"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
1.44" 1.19"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
1.41" 1.17"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
3.84" 3.27"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
3.84" 2.77"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.39" 2.25"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"
black forest 6wnw
SNOTEL BKFC2
1" 0"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
0.24" 0"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
3.19" 2.72"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.6" 0"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
3.95" 3.31"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
3.02" 2.59"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
4.93" 4.16"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
0.5" 0"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
2.07" 1.51"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
5.28" 3.53"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
1.17" 0"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
1.21" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
2.17" 0"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
2.03" 0"
gleneagle 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-61
1.02" 0"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
0.7" 0"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
5.32" 4.46"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
1" 0"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
5.65" 2.58"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
2.6" 2.07"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" 0"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
3.42" 3.18"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
2.53" 2.2"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
2.59" 0"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
1.41" 0"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
2.96" 2.16"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
0.26" 0"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
3.81" 3.26"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
1.69" 0"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
0.67" 0"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
0.66" 0"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
0.35" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
0.69" 0"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
1.01" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
0.54" 0"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
4.4" 3.7"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
4.56" 3.82"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
3.97" 3.34"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
1.9" 0"
aurora 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-313
0.5" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.22" 2.7"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
0.14" 0"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
3.45" 2.63"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
0.4" 0"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.65" 2.06"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
0.47" 0"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
3.68" 2.84"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.7" 4.13"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
3.4" 2.91"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
2.23" 1.87"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
3.93" 3.29"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
1.71" 0"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
0.62" 0.09"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
0.34" 0"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.14" 0"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.48" 0"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
0.07" 0"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
0.64" 0"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.38" 0"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.67" 5.46"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
0.53" 0"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
0.43" 0"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.79" 0"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
3.15" 2.71"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
1.01" 0"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
2.76" 2.36"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
3.29" 2.75"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
0.99" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
1.24" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
2.32" 0"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
1.94" 0"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
1.73" 0"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
0.12" 0"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.5" 2.5"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
1.53" 1.22"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
1.96" 0"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
1.58" 0"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
0.64" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
cheyenne wfo
SNOTEL CYSW4
1.95" 1.65"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
0.91" 0.89"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.54" 3.17"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
1.63" 1.33"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
1.34" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
0.26" 0.13"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
0.96" 0"
aurora 4.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-259
0.42" 0"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
2.93" 2.46"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
0.55" 0"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
0.49" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.19" 3.52"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
3.84" 3.18"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
parker 2.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-146
0.82" 0"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
2.76" 2.36"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
1.7" 0"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
1.43" 1.13"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
3.24" 2.91"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.44" 2.13"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
greeley 4.6 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-318
0.65" 0"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
1.35" 0"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
0.16" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
aurora south
SNOTEL EAGC2
0.86" 0"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
1.3" 0"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
0.34" 0"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
1.02" 0"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 57" 27° 14.19"
Eldora Mountain Resort 26" 26° 14.44"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Main Section 46.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 56.4cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Lower Boulder Canyon 50.8cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Filter Plant 1.66cfs None Mi II to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 55.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Narrows 56.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 72.4cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper North Fork 69.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+
NSV 55.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Gnar Section 141.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 72.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Rustic (Upper) 56.4cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Narrows 56.4cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
October Hole 55.4cfs None Mi II
Upper South Boulder Creek 11.0cfs None Mi V+
Filter Plant 1.66cfs None Mi II to III+