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
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
7 cfs 2.5 ft
Buckhorn Creek Near Masonville
USGS 06739500
4 cfs 6.5 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
16 cfs 4.2 ft
North Fork Cache La Poudre R. At Livermore
USGS 06751490
2 cfs 6.7 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 5.0 ft
St. Vrain Creek Below Longmont
USGS 06725450
-999,999 cfs ft
Sybille Creek Ab Canal No. 3
USGS 06665790
93 cfs 1.5 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
1 cfs 4.0 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
6 cfs 4.6 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
10 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
1" 1"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Yellow Pine 19 8,338 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
West Lake 36 8,254 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park 51 8,227 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Vedauwoo 28 8,288 ft
Tom Bennett 10 8,963 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Dowdy Lake 70 8,176 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) -1" 65° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper North Fork 66.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Big South 44.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 17.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Spencer Heights 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Lower Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 76.7cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
NSV 17.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Main Section 7.98cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gnar Section 588.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 76.7cfs 11.0 Mi III
Middle Narrows 76.7cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
October Hole 17.4cfs None Mi II
Rustic (Upper) 76.7cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+