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Old 01-25-2008   #1
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Poudre Inquiries

So I'm trying to plan a trip for a bunch of Springs based paddlers to check out the Poudre for the first time. We just never seem to get up to that river. I've been once in four years.

Anyhow, I know what sections we'll probably do (Lower Mish/Bridges/Park), and I've got the Bible book so I'm not too concerned about any of that.

What I need to know, though, is where people camp there. Our trip is scheduled for the weekend of June 21/22, and that's liable to be a fairly crowded time, so how should I handle any camping that might be done. Knowing my group, it won't be more than about 6 tents, and will probably only be 2 to 4.

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Old 01-25-2008   #2
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yes there's camping.

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Old 01-25-2008   #3
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Mikey's right, there's camping. Lots of them, from the 2 cg's on the lower mish section to about 4 different campgrounds above the narrows. Car camping up pingree park road-which isn't on the river.
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Old 01-25-2008   #4
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The main campsites right around the sections you are boating will probably fill to capacity. If you can send someone early on Friday to claim a space you will be fine. I think you can also reserve some of the campground sites though Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - - ie ansel watrous, narrows, stove prairie. If not pingree park is nice and you can camp up towards Red Feather lakes on unimproved land there as well.
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Old 01-25-2008   #5
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It really depends on what time of year. If you're gonna run the Rustic sections (peak season), that opens a LOT more options for camping. Especially off of Crown Pointe Rd (169 I think??). For the standard Upper Mish through Bridges and maybe Filter Plant, camping on the river is certainly gone in a blink of an eye.
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Old 01-25-2008   #6
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Your best bet is just reserve the dates you want from the website Raftus posted. Select campsites "near RMNP" and type in Ansel Watrous. It's a nice site right next to a class II+/III rapid and on the lower mish section. Right now all sites should be available but everyone else is right they fill up fast, especially around the dates you're planning on going. The Poudre usually peaks around June 12th-17th give or take a few days.

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