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Colorado whitewater, Cache La Poudre River

Larimer county, Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     3.4 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Larimer County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. If you're coming from Fort Collins-Loveland it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.
    The river winds through the Medicine Bow Mountains and you get great scenery. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a pretty
short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The campgrounds here at Cache La Poudre River are pretty good. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access stretch is just one of them. The Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access section of Cache La Poudre River in Larimer County is 3.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater  
a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Nearby Buck Gulch is a good location to go if you're at Cache La Poudre River, and you can go for a hike on the Kreutzer Nature Trail. So many exciting things in the Medicine Bow Mountains, just inspiring. Here at Cache La Poudre River you'll probably meet some people from Bellvue; going for a hike on the Mount McConnel Trail is always a delightful adventure.

Cache La Poudre River, Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cache La Poudre River.
 Whitewater Near Cache La Poudre River:
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.4 miles long (Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Steven's Gulch Access to Mishawaka Inn)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (Mishiwaka Inn to Poudre Park Picnic Ground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Home Moraine to Indian Meadows Bridge)
Cache La Poudre River - South Fork, Larimer County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.5 miles long (Fish Creek Trailhead to Main fork)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Indian Meadows Bridge to Narrows Picnic Ground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Poudre Park Picnic Gound to below Pine View Falls)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (below Pineview Falls to Mile Marker 114.7)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.4 miles long (below Filter Plant to Picnic Rock Access)
Cache La Poudre River - North Fork, Larimer County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Livermore Bridge to Main Stem)
 Ski Areas Near Cache La Poudre River:
Eldora, Colorado , 41 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 47 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 48 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 62 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 63 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 63 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 68 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 77 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 80 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 86 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near Cache La Poudre River:
Rodeway Inn Estes Park, Estes Park , 17 miles away
Comfort Inn Estes Park, Estes Park , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Silver Saddle, Estes Park , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Estes Park , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Estes Park, Estes Park , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cache La Poudre River:
Narrows Campground, Larimer County, 1 miles away
Stevens Gulch Campground, Larimer County, 1 miles away
Dutch George, Masonville, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cache La Poudre River:
Mount McConnel Trail, Larimer , 2 miles away
Kreutzer Nature Trail, Larimer , 3 miles away
Sheep Creek Trail, Larimer , 8 miles away
Greyrock Trail, Larimer , 9 miles away
Donner Hill Trail, Larimer , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cache La Poudre River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 18 miles away
Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado , 15 miles away
Lory State Park, Colorado , 17 miles away
Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cache La Poudre River:
Fox Acres Country Club, Red Feather Lakes , 12 miles away
Estes Park Golf Courses, Estes Park , 17 miles away
Estes Valley Recreation District Estes Park Golf Club, Estes Park , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Cache La Poudre River
Twin Lake Reservoir, Larimer , 12 miles away
Seaman Reservoir, Larimer , 13 miles away
Watson Lake, Larimer , 18 miles away

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