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
Left Hand Creek Near Boulder
USGS 06724500
10 cfs 0.4 ft
Laramie R Bl Pioneer Canal Nr Woods Landing
USGS 06659502
1,010 cfs 3.2 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
21 cfs 0.8 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
6 cfs 4.6 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
7 cfs 0.7 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
13 cfs 4.8 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
7 cfs 5.3 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
0 cfs 0.1 ft
Buckhorn Creek Near Masonville
USGS 06739500
4 cfs 6.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort -1" 66° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) -1" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gnar Section 588.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 13.7cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Main Section 7.98cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
Lower North Fork 76.7cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
October Hole 17.4cfs None Mi II
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 76.7cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Rustic (Upper) 76.7cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper North Fork 66.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
NSV 17.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Middle Narrows 76.7cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Lower Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 17.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+