Cache La Poudre River, Fort Collins

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The Cache la Poudre River, also known as the Poudre River, is a river in the state of Colorado in the United States.NameThe name of the river is a corruption of the original Cache à la Poudre or "cache of powder". It refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers, caught by a snowstorm, were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.GeographyIts headwaters are in the Front Range in Larimer County, in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The river descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest in Poudre Canyon. It emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins.It flows eastward across the plains, passing north of the city of Greeley, and flows into the South Platte River approximately east of Greeley.HistoryThe river is a popular summer destination for fly fishing, whitewater rafting, tubing, and kayaking in the Poudre Canyon. The river has been substantially populated since the 1930s by year-round residences. While a popular summer destination, the area has residential communities and churches that provide a year-round presence in the rural area. The fish in the Cache La Poudre River include: rainbow, brown and brook trout.
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  • Hiked about six miles along the Big South trail, three out and back. Stunning views, smells, and sounds of rushing water abound. Great intermediate trail with gradual elevation changes and plenty of p...  more »
  • My family's first full day in CO was rainy and overcast but we wanted to see the views so decided to drive and see what we could find. During a break in the rain, we entered one of the park areas (can...  more »
  • Had a blast going there with my 16- and 12-year-old boys. They really weren't excited and grudgingly went with me, but now we all want to go back. We hiked along the Hewlett Gulch trail for a while, t...  more »
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  • Lindsay and her grandma just returned from the Cache la Poudre River area on May 27th and is truly GOD's country. the river was rapid and loved the sound. loved the scenic area and so much to see in the area without being commercialized. My grandma has been to that area several times with other family and friends over the years and was never disappointed. must try the elk, buffalo, venison, antelope, &wild boar burger at the Glen Echo Resort Cafe close to Rustic, Co. stayed at the Big Horn Cabins and was THE BEST. a fire in the cabin's wood-burning stove was a perfect thing to come home to after a day of exploring the area which i started every evening. all the comforts of home were provided. Just bring the food you will need.
  • The part near Island Grove is turning into a toxic waste dump as every day passes. For the record... I LOVE THIS RIVER.. but it is absolutely filthy with fracking waste, visible foamy suds, detergents, and green slime. 5 years ago my rating would have been a 5, but it is one of the dirtiest places in Weld County. The northern part is somewhat better, but the poor Island Grove area will bring a tear to your eye if you love the outdoors. I hope these oil people pay the price one day. You should be ashamed.
  • Lovely place, although it did get my entire family wet when we tried to cross it!
  • Just don't think you can beat mother nature. Check the flow
  • Awesome but devastated from fire and pests. I find peace up there.
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