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Cache La Poudre River - colorado
20th of May
Streamflow 612 cfs
Average 600 cfs
Runnable Min 150 cfs
Runnable Max 5000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 1 Miles
Class V- to V+
Current Weather 82° Mostly Cloudy then Scattered T-storms


Lower Narrows is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 612cfs, about 2% above the average runnable rate of 600cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 5000cfs.

This class V- to V+ journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Cache La Poudre River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lower Narrows are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn, Nr Ft Collins, Co..

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. Weather on the river today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. winds could gust as high as 16 mph. chance of precipitation is 30%.

Season Begins: March & Ends: September

Seasonal Flow Status: -39% Below Average

With a 612cfs streamflow rate, Lower Narrows is currently below its 1011cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by -39%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 357cfs in 2012, and a high of 2050cfs seen in 2016. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 06752000

Hourly Forecast: 82° Today, Mostly Cloudy then Scattered T-storms

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 50. to scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. winds could gust as high as 16 mph. chance of precipitation is 30%. Forecasts predict more snow this week across Colorado, with up to 15" of new snowfall expected on the river over the next 5 days.

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KBOU 161035 AFDBOU Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO 435 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight) Issued at 435 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 The upper ridge axis has moved to eastern Colorado with an increase in southwesterly flow aloft over the majority of the state. Compressional warming from the southwest winds across the mountains of central Colorado should give Denver and the northeast Colorado plains a few degrees of warming over yesterday. It should be the warmest day of the week, even as high level clouds increase in thickness through the afternoon. High based showers are expected to develop through the afternoon that move from the mountains and foothills out across the plains. Any rainfall amounts should be light, but gusty winds up to 40 mph will be the primary threat from the storms. Evening showers on the plains could last until almost midnight, but should be out of the Denver area by 6 PM. As the southwest flow aloft strengthens over the state tonight, the airmass will continue to moisten and the next round of showers looks like it will be moving into the mountains around sunrise Friday morning. Temperatures overnight will be mild due to the cloud cover and continuing southwesterly flow pattern. Snow melt runoff should continue to be mainly influenced by the warm temperatures, and should not pose any problems through the next 24 hours. .LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday) Issued at 435 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 Rather energetic ptrn for mid May will be in place the next several days. First system along the West Coast will move quickly into the Great basin by Fri morning and then across the area by Fri night. Mid level QG ascent will increase by Fri morning and then exit nrn Co by Fri evening. Expect showers and a few storms will develop over the mtns in the morning and then move across the plains during the aftn. Sfc pattern over nern CO will be complicated by early Fri aftn. There will be a sfc low and associated ...

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