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 cfs and a high of cfs. 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
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
16 cfs 4.2 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
2 cfs 4.4 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
8 cfs 2.0 ft
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
3 cfs 1.5 ft
First Cr Ab 96Th Ave
USGS 06720480
1 cfs ft
St. Vrain Creek At Mouth
USGS 06731000
98 cfs 1.4 ft
Cache La Poudre River At Fort Collins
USGS 06752260
49 cfs 1.1 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.3 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
-999 cfs 8.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 0"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
8.07" 1.63"
nederland 4.2 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-233
8.33" 1.7"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
29" 1"
denver 2.1 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-25
2.77" 1.3"
boulder 1.9 se, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-30
4.72" 2.07"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
1.86" 0.69"
boulder 1.5 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-496
4.15" 1.7"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
3.56" 0.84"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.19" 0.01"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
27" 2"
florissant 5.0 n, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-19
2.28" 0.99"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
4.14" 1.04"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.48" 0.02"
arvada 4.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-455
3.62" 1.5"
lafayette 0.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-266
4.06" 2.1"
fcl 7.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-250
1.13" 0.46"
boulder 4.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-220
4.94" 1.98"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
3.61" 0.78"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
4.38" 0.89"
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
5.73" 1.2"
broomfield 2.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-72
4.08" 2.1"
fort lupton 7.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-326
2.94" 1.42"
denver 8 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-30
2.95" 1.05"
evergreen 3.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-22
3.99" 0.95"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
10.67" 1.83"
firestone
SNOTEL FSNC2
2.92" 1.42"
wheat ridge 0.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-343
3.28" 1.29"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.63" 0.42"
hygiene,co
SNOTEL HGIC2
1.81" -0.22"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
4.6" 1.44"
denver 3.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-49
2.84" 1.23"
boulder 2.9 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-4
4.59" 1.96"
buford 4se
SNOTEL BFDW4
1.26" 0.14"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
3.83" 0.84"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
42" -3"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
43" 1"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
6.13" 1.4"
ralston reservoir
SNOTEL GDNC2
2.64" -0.04"
broomfield 3.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BR-32
3.84" 1.81"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
2.36" 1.32"
wellington 0.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-952
1.1" 0.26"
boulder 1.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-490
6.36" 1.52"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
37" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -1"
windsor 3.0 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-507
2.59" 0.81"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
35" 1"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
2.87" 0.66"
westminster 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-225
4.17" 1.87"
carr 0.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-127
0.49" 0.19"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
4.24" 0.95"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
4.44" 0.93"
virginia dale 7.2 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-672
0.23" 0.07"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
3.45" 1.38"
thornton 2.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-22
3.9" 1.91"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
19" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
32" 0"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
5.05" 1.54"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
1.86" 0.69"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
10.37" 1.16"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
1.92" -0.29"
littleton 6.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-376
3.83" 1.13"
arvada 3.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-240
3.59" 1.57"
red feather 5.9 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-329
0.66" 0.15"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
29" 3"
evergreen 1.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-424
4.35" 0.94"
lafayette 2.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-222
4.5" 2.11"
highlands ranch 0.6 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-176
3.48" 1.35"
Windy Peak
SNOTEL 872
16" 1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
40" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" -1"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
2.3" 0.83"
lafayette 0.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-8
3.98" 2.04"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.97" 0.17"
niwot 0.7 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-338
4.52" 1.69"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-285
3.78" 1.88"
arvada 2.1 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-427
3.48" 1.37"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
56" -1"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
4.14" 1.17"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.85" 0.49"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
4.02" 1.5"
lakewood 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-333
4.26" 1.49"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
3.82" 1.14"
lafayette 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-290
4.35" 2.07"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.64" 0.1"
jamestown 2.5 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-343
4.66" 1.45"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" 0"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
34" 3"
gross reservoir
SNOTEL GRRC2
4.45" -0.85"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
4.5" 0.88"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
4.91" 1.45"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
37" 3"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.37" 0.07"
erie 1.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-455
3.87" 1.9"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
10.44" 2.02"
bellvue 5.9 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-4
3.88" 1.27"
denver 2.6 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-231
2.69" 1.24"
evergreen 5 w, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-2
3.97" 0.96"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
3.59" 1.78"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
4.34" 0.87"
wellington 3.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-918
0.89" 0.29"
boulder 4.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-67
4.83" 2.27"
boulder 1.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-491
3.92" 1.59"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
27" 1"
evergreen 6.5 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CC-1
4.21" 0.95"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
6.14" 1.35"
erie 1.5 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-511
3.75" 1.82"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
4.71" 1.24"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
6.28" 1.37"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
49" 0"
englewood #2
SNOTEL ENLC2
3.1" 1.15"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
40" 2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
14" 1"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
2.93" 1.16"
thornton 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-100
4.13" 1.97"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.14" -0.49"
boulder 2.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-380
4.64" 1.62"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
5.7" 1.17"
englewood 1.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-AR-292
2.86" 1.27"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
9.65" 2.05"
castle rock 1.7 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-62
2.15" 0.95"
wellington 0.8 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1008
1.14" 0.28"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.32" -0.59"
woodland park 1.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-TL-28
1.28" 0.93"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
5.94" 0.66"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
2.76" 0.13"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
6.13" 1.4"
highlands ranch 3.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-74
3.04" 1.59"
evergreen 4.2 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-157
4.99" 1.84"
evergreen
SNOTEL EVGC2
4.51" 1.16"
fort collins 4.6 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-762
1.52" 0.57"
littleton 6.4 w, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-212
3.55" 1.22"
fort collins 4.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1020
2.59" 0.53"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
3.42" 1.4"
longmont 5.1 e, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-302
3.13" 1.47"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
4.75" 1.55"
denver/stapleton
SNOTEL DUAC2
3.17" 1.36"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
6.16" 1.75"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
4.73" 1.31"
laporte 1.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-761
1.69" 0.59"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
17" 1"
wheat ridge 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-290
3.13" 1.25"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
estes park 10.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1019
5.56" 0.87"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
4.3" 0.99"
arvada 3.5 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-457
3.89" 1.9"
denver 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-175
2.82" 1.33"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
13.2" 1.69"
lakewood 2.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-179
3.58" 1.09"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
19.05" 0.46"
fort collins 5.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-623
3.15" 1.28"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
5.37" 1.07"
windsor 3.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-845
2.43" 0.89"
la porte 10.0 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-567
0.89" 0.23"
denver 1.1 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-DN-280
2.85" 1.35"
longmont 3.3 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-507
4.06" 1.51"
bailey
SNOTEL BLYC2
2.25" 0.62"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
4.14" 1.35"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
4.66" 1.25"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
13.59" 1.47"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
6.44" 1.43"
westminster 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-153
4.16" 1.96"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
9.37" 1.73"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
3.46" 1.38"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
15.72" 2.92"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 0"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
7.98" 1.89"
denver 6.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-3
3.7" 1.1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
4.32" 1.23"
highlands ranch 1.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-165
3.46" 1.3"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
5.79" 1.1"
boulder 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-452
3.8" 1.49"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" 1"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
10.48" 1.65"
boulder 1.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-14
4.55" 1.92"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
30" 0"
boulder 2.1 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-437
3.92" 1.59"
highlands ranch 2.5 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-DG-178
3.99" 1.32"
golden 12.5 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-331
10.06" 1.83"
erie 0.5 se, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-392
3.76" 1.8"
fcl 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-311
1.93" 0.78"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
6.24" 1.33"
evergreen 2.0 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-395
4.41" 1.41"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
4.93" 1.13"
aurora 4.2 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-AD-127
3.34" 1.34"
livermore 9.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-897
1.77" 0.71"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
8.47" 1.17"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
4.68" 0.97"
glen haven 1.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-868
4.47" 1.09"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Yellow Pine 19 8,338 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 41" 17° 1.58"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Rustic (Upper) 54.5cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
NSV 10.7cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Middle Narrows 54.5cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
October Hole 10.7cfs None Mi II
Gnar Section 187.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Big South 23.8cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Spencer Heights 54.5cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 10.7cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+