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Colorado whitewater, Cache La Poudre River - North Fork

Larimer county, Livermore Bridge to Main Stem section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     11 miles
  The wonderful Larimer County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Fort Collins-Loveland, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping
    stuff. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Livermore Bridge to Main Stem stretch is just one of them.
This stretch of Cache La Poudre River - North Fork in Larimer County is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The river winds through the Front Range and you get great scenery. The nearby hotels are a bit away  
from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Cache La Poudre River - North Fork is near Long Draw which is undeniably worth a visit. There's fine hiking along the Greyrock Trail, and if you're popping by from Laporte, you won't be the only one. At this river you will always have a good time. Don't leave Cache La Poudre River - North Fork without first going for a hike along the Wintersteen Trail. A spree to Lory State Park when you're here at Cache La Poudre River - North Fork is a perfect idea.

Cache La Poudre River - North Fork, Livermore Bridge to Main Stem 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Cache La Poudre River - North Fork, Larimer County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Livermore Bridge to Main Stem)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.4 miles long (below Filter Plant to Picnic Rock Access)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (below Pineview Falls to Mile Marker 114.7)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 5 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 - 3 miles long (Mishiwaka Inn to Poudre Park Picnic Ground)
Whitewater Outfitter - A Wanderlust Adventure, Larimer County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Steven's Gulch Access to Mishawaka Inn)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Whitewater Descents, Larimer County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rocky Mountain Adventures, Larimer County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - A-1 Wildwater, Larimer County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Eldora, Colorado , 48 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 57 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 58 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 72 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 72 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 72 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 77 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 86 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 90 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 97 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Inlet Bay Marina at Horsetooth, Fort Collins , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Americas Best Value Inn Fort Collins, Fort Collins , 14 miles away
The Armstrong Hotel, Fort Collins , 14 miles away
Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN University Inn, Fort Collins , 15 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Fort Collins , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Laporte KOA Kampground, Laporte, 6 miles away
Ansel Watrous Campground, Larimer County, 8 miles away
Cherokee State Wildlife Area - Lone Pine Unit, Livermore, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Wintersteen Trail, Larimer , 3 miles away
Greyrock Trail, Larimer , 4 miles away
Overland Trail, Larimer , 8 miles away
Sheep Creek Trail, Larimer , 14 miles away
Jug Trail, Larimer , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 27 miles away
Lory State Park, Colorado , 9 miles away
Boyd Lake State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork:
City Park Nine Golf Course, Fort Collins , 13 miles away
Link-N-Greens Golf Course, Fort Collins , 15 miles away
Fort Collins Country Club Golf, Fort Collins , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Cache La Poudre River - North Fork
Seaman Reservoir, Larimer , 2 miles away
Watson Lake, Larimer , 8 miles away
North Poudre Reservoir Number 1, Larimer , 8 miles away

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