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 cfs and a high of cfs. 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
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
23 cfs 3.8 ft
South Platte River At Englewood
USGS 06711565
71 cfs 1.5 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
102 cfs 4.9 ft
Boulder Cr At North 75Th St Nr Boulder
USGS 06730200
6 cfs 3.8 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
5 cfs 1.3 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.3 ft
South Platte R At 64Th Ave. Commerce City
USGS 06714215
21 cfs 1.6 ft
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
3 cfs 1.5 ft
Fraser River At Winter Park
USGS 09024000
5 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
1.81" -0.18"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
2.33" -0.37"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
2.65" -0.37"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
3.26" -0.56"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
1.15" -0.09"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
1.54" -0.16"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
2.79" -0.63"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
2.7" -0.34"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
8.83" -0.93"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.3" -0.2"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
4.73" -0.09"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
27" 2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
denver 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-25
1.47" -0.27"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
3.38" -0.49"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
3.02" -0.34"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
3.8" -0.05"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.83" 0.84"
arvada 2.1 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-427
2.11" -0.31"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
1.9" -0.24"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
6.44" -0.69"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
2.13" -0.38"
aurora 4.2 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-127
2" -0.27"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
7.64" -0.8"
denver/stapleton
SNOTEL DUAC2
1.81" -0.24"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
5.01" -0.21"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
4.41" -0.18"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
1.63" -0.28"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.18" -0.23"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
1.03" -0.27"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
1.06" -0.6"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
1.87" -0.26"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
4.3" -0.04"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
56" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.32" -0.59"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
2.63" -0.36"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
1.29" -0.42"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
3" -0.53"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
2.3" -0.34"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
2.67" -0.41"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
3.01" -0.57"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
3.47" -0.09"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
4.69" -0.05"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
30" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 0"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
2.72" -0.03"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
17" 1"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
3.15" -0.57"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
27" 1"
black forest 6wnw
SNOTEL BKFC2
0.15" -0.2"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
19" -1"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
4.84" -0.37"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -1"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
1.78" -0.1"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
43" 1"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
16" 1"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.09" -0.82"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
2.76" 0.13"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
2.49" -0.36"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
1.97" -0.23"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
3.35" -0.53"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
1.94" -0.25"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
29" 1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
40" -2"
aurora south
SNOTEL EAGC2
1.49" -0.28"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
35" 1"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
1.93" -0.2"
parker 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-292
1.39" -0.26"
denver 2.6 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-231
1.45" -0.27"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
3.47" -0.1"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
4.53" -0.06"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
49" 0"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
1.1" -0.06"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
8.42" -0.59"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
2.39" -0.28"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
1.88" -0.3"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
3.2" -0.09"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
5.28" -0.04"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.85" 0.49"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
4.91" -0.12"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
14" 1"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
1.66" -0.16"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
1.9" -0.27"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
32" 0"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
1.45" -0.28"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
3.09" -0.09"
parker 2.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-146
1.43" -0.28"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
1.81" -0.22"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
2.2" -0.33"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
2.07" -0.25"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" -1"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
2.52" -0.32"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
4.45" -0.85"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
3.71" -0.05"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
2.33" -0.35"
aurora 4.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-259
1.52" -0.29"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
1.49" -0.24"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" 1"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
2.28" -0.28"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
6.63" -0.9"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
1.04" -0.29"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
2.55" -0.31"
manitou springs 1.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-175
0.11" -0.09"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
0.66" -0.17"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
3.41" -0.5"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
8.84" -0.66"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
2.08" -0.26"
arvada 3.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-240
2.02" -0.19"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
0.3" -0.09"
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
1.52" -0.13"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
1.99" -0.19"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
1.96" -0.24"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
3.42" -0.09"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
3.21" -0.64"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
3.62" -0.05"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
29" 3"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
2.83" -0.08"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
4.69" -0.5"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
2.03" -0.24"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
1.98" -0.25"
gleneagle 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-61
0.31" -0.22"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
0.67" -0.04"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.21" -0.05"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
2.16" -0.3"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
3.04" -0.59"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.06" -0.08"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.14" -0.49"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
1.12" -0.57"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
2.96" -0.38"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
1.17" -0.03"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
2.33" -0.37"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
2.63" -0.37"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
2.02" -0.14"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.51" -0.8"
greeley 4.6 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-318
1.68" -0.07"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
3.51" -0.63"
thornton 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-22
1.99" -0.27"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
1.17" -0.03"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
9.21" -0.48"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
2.56" -0.31"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
1.77" -0.19"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
0.84" -0.06"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.8" -0.81"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
2.31" -0.36"
cheyenne wfo
SNOTEL CYSW4
1" -2"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
1.2" -0.28"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
1.95" -0.29"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
2.97" -0.09"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
2.83" -0.37"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
2.77" -0.41"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
3.31" -0.03"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
40" 2"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
2.45" -0.35"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
0.51" -0.62"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
2.61" -0.44"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.47" -0.32"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
2.16" -0.37"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
7.3" -0.42"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
3.16" -0.16"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
0.16" -0.47"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
3.1" -0.22"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
2.6" -0.39"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
3.51" -0.03"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
2.68" -0.56"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
4.91" -0.11"
denver 1.1 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-280
1.5" -0.24"
wheat ridge 0.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-343
1.99" -0.28"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
3.41" -0.48"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
4.79" -0.09"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
0.6" -0.06"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.12" -0.67"
denver 3.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-49
1.61" -0.3"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
4.53" -0.06"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
0.95" -0.07"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
2.12" -0.15"
englewood 1.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-292
1.59" -0.22"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
0.86" -0.05"
aurora 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-313
1.71" -0.29"
erie 0.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-392
1.96" -0.23"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
1.5" -0.13"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.64" -0.04"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.21" -0.26"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 0"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
3.46" -0.14"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
1.92" -0.29"
colorado springs 5.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-37
0.29" -0.12"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.35" -0.27"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Meeker Park Overflow 29 8,611 ft
Marys Lake - USBR 270 8,032 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 17° 1.39"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 41" 17° 1.58"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Narrows 54.5cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 10.7cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Rustic (Upper) 54.5cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
NSV 10.7cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Gnar Section 187.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
October Hole 10.7cfs None Mi II
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+