Upper North Fork


The Upper NF of the poudre is a good scenic run with wilderness feel. Hopefully you catch this run with good flow and an open gate.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 1,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06751150, the N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal Remember only watercraft are permitted at Upper North Fork.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
St Vrain Cr Blw Boulder Cr At Hwy 119 Nr Longmont
USGS 06730525
128 cfs 9.9 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
48 cfs 2.8 ft
Buckhorn Creek Near Masonville
USGS 06739500
42 cfs 7.2 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Left Hand Creek At Hover Road Near Longmont
USGS 06724970
6 cfs 5.7 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
211 cfs 4.0 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
4 cfs 4.6 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
3.68" 2.84"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
3.42" 3.18"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
12.99" 2.67"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
2.59" 0"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
12.21" 7.12"
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
0.11" 0"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.81" 0"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
1.44" 1.19"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
0.7" 0"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
9.48" 6.28"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
0.26" 0"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
0.91" 0.89"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
1.02" 0"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
0.55" 0"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
6.13" 3.25"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
1" 0"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
0.34" 0"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
2.76" 2.36"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.5" 2.5"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
0.43" 0"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
2.76" 2.36"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
1.94" 0"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
0.79" 0.21"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
41" 6"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
2.23" 1.87"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
3.18" 1.1"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
0.72" 0"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.19" 3.52"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
6.5" 3.31"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
63" 4"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
5.8" 2.92"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
1.53" 1.22"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
0.12" 0"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.7" 4.13"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.14" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
3.51" 2.97"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.22" 2.7"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
3.78" 1.72"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
0.26" 0.13"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
5.48" 3.83"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
1.3" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
0.64" 0"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
31" 2"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
1.58" 0"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
4.4" 3.7"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
7.49" 3.73"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
3.84" 3.27"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
3.84" 3.18"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
0.66" 0"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
1.69" 0"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
0.96" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
1.35" 0.15"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
2.32" 0"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
1.01" 0"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
2.03" 0"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
2.6" 2.07"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
1.01" 0"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
3.93" 3.29"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
7.58" 2.98"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
0.64" 0"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
3.45" 2.63"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
3.24" 2.91"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
0.14" 0"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
4.56" 3.82"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.6" 0"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
5.28" 3.53"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
4.54" 2.66"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
0.99" 0"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
11.48" 6.42"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
5.57" 3.71"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
3.69" 2.36"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.65" 2.06"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
3.97" 3.34"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
0.51" 0"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
3.71" 2.56"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
0.55" 0"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
0.54" 0"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
5.43" 2.94"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
1.35" 0"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.7" 2.65"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.79" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
4.14" 2.84"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
1.7" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
5.65" 2.58"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
6.02" 4.06"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
3.29" 2.75"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.56" 3.34"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
1.41" 1.17"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
55" 4"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
10" 4"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
1.34" 0"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" 0"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
0.5" 0"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
4.93" 4.16"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
53" 3"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
3.84" 2.77"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.48" 0"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
0.11" 0.05"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
1.73" 0"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
3.95" 3.31"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
1.41" 0"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.39" 2.25"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
3.15" 2.71"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
4.86" 3.73"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
57" 8"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
4.68" 2.68"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
0.16" 0"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
1.9" 0"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
3.19" 2.72"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
34" -1"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
0.34" 0"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
1.71" 0"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
6.43" 3.25"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.38" 0"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
0.4" 0"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
0.69" 0"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.67" 5.46"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
0.93" 0.33"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
2.93" 2.46"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
1.63" 1.33"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.54" 3.17"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
0.47" 0"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
43" 0"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
2.07" 1.51"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
6.41" 2.99"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
2.17" 0"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
3.02" 2.59"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
0.49" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
5.47" 3.88"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
3.81" 3.26"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
4.56" 3.82"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
1.53" 1.22"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
6.12" 3.61"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
2.53" 2.2"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
1.96" 0"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
4.98" 2.77"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
5.22" 3.74"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
0.62" 0.09"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
0.67" 0"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
2.96" 2.16"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
5.32" 4.46"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
3.4" 2.91"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.44" 2.13"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
1.17" 0"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
1.07" 0.99"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
5.74" 3.27"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
0.24" 0"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
0.35" 0"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
1.24" 0"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
0.53" 0"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
1.43" 1.13"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Yellow Pine 19 8,338 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 57" 27° 14.19"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Main Section 46.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Narrows 56.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Narrows 72.4cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 1.66cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 1.66cfs None Mi II to III+
Middle Narrows 56.4cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
NSV 55.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 56.4cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 55.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Lower North Fork 72.4cfs 11.0 Mi III
Rustic (Upper) 56.4cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
October Hole 55.4cfs None Mi II
Upper North Fork 69.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Gnar Section 141.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Big South 39.9cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Spencer Heights 56.4cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V