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The Narrows Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cache La Poudre River

The Narrows Info
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Put In:  Narrows Campground
Take Out:  Steven's Gulch
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V +
Gradient:  102 ft/mi
Run Length:  3.4 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:  350-1800 cfs (2.0 - 4.5 ft on Pine View Rock)
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Permit:  No permit required
Character/Similar To:  The Narrows can be divided into three distinct runs. For the expert boater, the Upper Narrows provides Class V water with three difficult rapids where the river constricts between the road and the canyon wall. The Middle Narrows is the most popular section with excellent Class IV-IV+ water that is slower and playful. The Lower Narrows provides Class V water that is technical and steep.
Hazards:  Scouting and portage is easily done from the highway but the road is narrow and the traffic often heavy. The Lower Narrows has plenty of sharp rocks throughout it's steep drop.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  mixed
Wilderness:  no
Camping on River:  no
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 83 miles North of Denver
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Upper Narrows put-in is the Narrows Picnic Area and Campground near mile marker 102. The Middle Narrows put-in is at Sports Car Corner Rapid, accessed by pulling off at a bend in the road directly below the Upper Narrows, mile marker 103. The put-in for the Lower Narrows is at Kinney Bridge located at mile marker 104.1.

Take-out: Steven's Gulch Picnic Area is located near mile marker 104.

Towns near The Narrows 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