Narrow, rocky with fantastic whitewater

Upper & Lower Rustic


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upper & lower rustic overview

The Upper Poudre is narrow and rocky. This swift, continuous section with great class III-IV whitewater.

Recommended Trips on The Upper & Lower Rustic – Cache La Poudre River:

Trip Name: Full Day
Sections Included: Upper & Lower Rustic, Narrows, and portion of Mishawaka
Outfitter: Rocky Mountain Adventures
Learn More: ~ 800.858.6808

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Cache La Poudre River. Information regarding the Cache La Poudre River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

upper & lower rustic sections

Cache La Poudre River – Upper & Lower Rustic Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7639′ to 6443′
Average Gradient: 68.7′ per mile

Access to Access

Home Moraine Trailer Park to Indian Meadows Picnic Area: 9.4 miles
Indian Meadows Picnic Area to Narrows Picnic Area: 8.0 miles
Total Mileage: 17.4 miles

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What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Cache La Poudre River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Cache La Poudre River is in the Roosevelt National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Canyon Lakes Ranger District
    2150 Centre Ave. Bldg E, Fort Collins, CO 80526
    970.295.6700 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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