Cache La Poudre River - Lower Narrows

Colorado-US  

Description

This section is more like one long rapid that starts below a bridge that divides the middle and lower sections.  This section can be run down to very low levels (.8' is definitely doable if not fun), and there are significant differences in the difficulty as the water levels change.  Below 1.5' on the Guage this section is fairly forgiving IV+.  From 1.5'-2.3' the entrance hole becomes a little stickier, but it is still very manageable V-.  The rapid continues to get harder as the water level rises, and as the river approaches 3', lower narrows deserves Class V attention.  At extreme flows (over 5') this rapid is a monster.  It has been run at those flows, but at 5' it is much better to look at than to kayak in my opinion.

The most accurate flow information is based on a gauge marked on a boulder at Pine View Falls.  There are frequent updates on the Poudre Rock Report website (see External Links) or subscribe to the e-mail list.

Statistics

KSC and friends
Class V- to V+
Current Flow 37.0 CFS
09-21-2017 06:45
Recommended Flow Minimum: 150.0
Average: 600.0
Maximum: 5000.0
Typical Season Begins: March
Ends: September
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS
Length 0.5 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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Narrows Race

07-17-2013 -