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Filter Plant Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Cache La Poudre River

Kamikaze Corner at 3.5 feet
Mad Dog Rapid at 3.5 feet Picnic Rock State Park at 3.5 feet

Filter Plant Info
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Put In:  Filter Plant
Take Out:  Picnic Rock
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  35 ft/mi
Run Length:  3 miles
Current Streamflow:  280 cfs @ 08/26/2013 10:45 AM - CLAFTCCO -- CACHE LA POUDRE AT CANYON MOUTH NEAR FORT COLLINS, reading taken from DWR
Flow Information (phone):  Watertalk 303-831-7135, 1*, 19*. Cache La Poudre near Ft Collins, CO. This flow is usually determined by a vertical gauge. Click here to receive reports via email.
Good Level:  700-2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Permit:  No permit required
Character/Similar To:  The Poudre is a small, shallow river. When the water is high the play is non-stop. When the river is low it becomes very technical.
Hazards:  Make sure you take out at Picnic Rock because there is a diversion dam just downstream!
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  No
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 68 miles North of Denver
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Located downsteam of the filter plant at mile marker 116.5 on hwy 14. You can unload next to the river, but you must park across the road in the designated parking area.

Take-out: Picnic Rock State Park is located at mile marker 119 on Hwy 14. There is a daily users fee for this area or you can purchase an annual Colorado State Parks Pass. There is a free access point just downstream but before the dam.

Towns near Filter Plant Kayaking

Boulder Colorado
Casper Wyoming
Cheyenne Wyoming
Colorado Springs Colorado
Denver Colorado
Estes Park Colorado
Fort Collins Colorado
Golden Colorado
Grand Lake Colorado
Kremmling Colorado
Laramie Wyoming
Red Feather Lakes Colorado
Winter Park Colorado

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • Friends of the Poudre
  • Save The Poudre
  • Sierra Club-Poudre Canyon Group
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • River Managing Agencies
  • Colorado State Parks
  • Rocky Mountain Kayak Clubs
  • Colorado School of Mines Kayak Club
  • Colorado Whitewater Association
  • High Country River Rafters
  • Pikes Peak Whitewater Club
  • Poudre Paddlers
  • Rocky Mountain Canoe Club
  • Travel Guides
  • Colorado Vacation & Travel Guide