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Cache La Poudre River - colorado
Updated 2019-08-19T11:45:00
V- to V+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 199 cfs
Average 600 cfs
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Current Weather 97° Hot
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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 mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. south wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Cache La Poudre River.

Season Begins: March & Ends: September

Streamflow Conditions

The Lower Narrows is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 199cfs, about -67% below the average runnable rate of 600cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lower Narrows are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Cache La Poudre R A Mo Of Cn, Nr Ft Collins, Co..

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Cache La Poudre River are between a bare minimum of 150cfs and a high of 5000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across numerous class V- to V+ obstacles as they float down this 1 mile stretch of the Cache La Poudre River.

Weather Overview: 97° Today, Hot

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. to mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. south wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 86° - 97°

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