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
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
Michigan River Near Cameron Pass
USGS 06614800
11 cfs 2.7 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
16 cfs 4.4 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
0 cfs 9.4 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
22 cfs 1.0 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
49 cfs 8.2 ft
Clear Creek At Golden
USGS 06719505
300 cfs 4.9 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
27 cfs 1.1 ft
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
314 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 70° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 69° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 182.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 182.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+