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Old 10-15-2005   #1
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Cache La Poudre Flows

I'm from Idaho and will be in Estes Park at the beginning of next July. I'm looking to do the Upper Mishawaka through the Bridges in a couple aire pumas. From what I have read it sounds like June and July are the best times to run this stretch but when I look at the flow history it seems that the best time is June and the best I could get in July is around 250cfs . Is 250 the highest it gets at the beginning of July? If so, where would be another good place to run? Thanks alot

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Old 10-15-2005   #2
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the poudre usually peaks in the first or second week in june historically but there should be plenty water in July. we usually run the poudre into mid to late august. it just all depends on the snowpack we get this year and how hot next summer is.

Also the poudre gage shown on the buzz is not reliable for any of the upper runs as their are a few irrigation diversions and inputs above the gage so the gage does not accutely reflect the condition of anything above the filter plant.

so keep an eye on the snowpack and hope for a cool may and june.
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what are good cfs flows too run this stretch in an aire puma
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You can't use CFS on the Poudre

Because of the diversion dams, the CFS readings that you can find online are totally irrelevant for the upper mish run. Everyone who paddles on the Poudre goes by the gauge at Pine View Rapid. I doubt anybody actually knows the true CFS but anybody can tell you what the rock gauge is at. It goes in feet. 5ft's BIG, 2 ft's low. The higher the better, especially in the puma's. I suggest re-posting the middle of June or so and asking again. People will have a good idea at that time what the first part of July will be like. It is so incredibly dependent on a good snowpack and a cool spring it's scary. Hope that helped. eb
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Evan is spot on. You're looking for the crystal ball that nobody has. You should be fine floating down that section of the Poudre that time of the year. Late June/ early July usally equals nice sunny weather and average flows. Nothing too high and nothing too low to paddle. Have fun and start planning your Colorado vacation. You'll love the Poudre and don't forget to spend a little time in Fort Collins. It's a great town, with lot's of cool folks, great bars, and tons of great places to grab someting to munch on.
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Thanks for all the info. Happy boating!
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