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 Creek At Lyons
USGS 06724000
302 cfs 4.0 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
143 cfs 1.9 ft
Sand Creek At Colorado-Wyoming State Line
USGS 06659580
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Coal Creek Near Plainview
USGS 06730300
0 cfs 0.1 ft
Moffat Water Tunnel At East Portal
USGS 09022500
182 cfs 2.1 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
37 cfs 5.1 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
82 cfs 3.0 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
37 cfs 1.7 ft
Sybille Creek Ab Mule Creek
USGS 06664400
143 cfs 2.5 ft
Vasquez Creek At Winter Park
USGS 09025000
44 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Yellow Pine 19 8,338 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 69° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Spencer Heights 182.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Big South 287.0cfs 12.0 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+
Lower North Fork 182.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+