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Sleeping Elephant Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Cache La Poudre River

Sleeping Elephant Info
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Put In:  CO Hwy 14 across from Sleeping Elephant Campground
Take Out:  Big Bend Picnic Area
Difficulty:  Class II + , Class III
Gradient:  30 ft/mi
Run Length:  5.0 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 at Pineview rapid. Click here to receive reports via email
Good Level:  650-2250 cfs (3.0-5.0 ft on Pine View Gauge)
Season Comments:  May, June, July
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.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  No
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 106 miles North of Denver
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Across Hwy. 14 behind a fence is a fire access road. Park in the Sleeping Elephant Campground. Mile marker 79.

Take-out: Big Bend Picnic Area is located .8 miles south of Kinikinik store and cabins at mile marker 82.8 on Hwy 14.

Towns near Sleeping Elephant Kayaking

Casper Wyoming
Cheyenne Wyoming
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