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Spencer Heights Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cache La Poudre River

Spencer Heights Info
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Put In:  CO Hwy 14 bridge at Big South Campground
Take Out:  Tunnel Picnic Area
Difficulty:  Class V > 3 feet , Portage
Gradient:  120 ft/mi
Run Length:  2.4 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:  650-1300 cfs (3.0-4.0 ft on Pine View Gauge)
Streamflow Comments:  This section is not recommended below 3 feet
Season Comments:  June, July
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs a couple months of the year. Levels are dependent on current snow pack. Usually runs during June and sometimes in 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.
Hazards:  Poudre Falls is usually portaged although it has been run at levels below 3 feet. Because of the narrowness of the gorge logjams are often present.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  No
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 109 miles North of Denver
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: CO Hwy 14 bridge at Big South Campground.

Take-out: Tunnel Picnic Area on CO Hwy 14.

Towns near Spencer Heights 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