Cruise - Rustic Run, Poudre River (Class III/IV)

  • 06/18/2016
  • Cache la Poudre River near Ft. Collins, Colorado


This cruise will be held on the Rustic Run on the Poudre River near Ft. Collins, Colorado. Contact Jesse Burdge to sign up and for more information.

Description: (From American Whitewater) :

This is an excellent intermediate run at most levels, with a many class 3 drops and a few places where the drops are III+ or IV at moderate and high levels.  The first noteworty section is Grandpa's Gorge, which the river enters after crossing under the bridge below Indian Meadows.  At moderate to high water, a couple holes in the gorge get sticky - hit them straight and hard or just go around them.  Other highlights are the abrupt drop under the bridge just above the Mountain Park campground, a few outstanding surfing waves at the campground, and the two drops below the brige to the campground.  The first drop below the bridge is a bit messy, but it has a good (if somewhat thin) line through the middle.  A large and tenacious hole forms in the center and right side of the drop at mile marker 99 (which has various dramatic names).  Expecially at high water, hit it hard and keep paddling, or just avoid it to the right.  You can't see this hole from above, so it's been the source of considerable excitement.  At medium flows, there is an exceptional 'beginner play hole' on river right. Also look for the small, but very smooth and eddy-served surfing waves shorty above Century park, where the river merges below an island.

Important CW Cruise Information:
Please remember you are responsible for yourself on the river.  You are also responsible to the group.  Boat within your ability.  Don't take unnecessary risks.  Don't participate in a rescue if you are likely to become another victim.  Cruise Coordinators have the right to deny inclusion on a trip for any reason and they also have the right to request a participant to leave the river for any reason. Conditions change drastically with water level.

Do not show up to a cruise unannounced.  You must contact the cruise leader in advance as trips have participant limits and ability requirements.  If you are not going to make a scheduled event, you MUST let the leader know.  No-shows are inconsiderate.

Cruises and River Weekends are not instructional events.  You should have the skills necessary to safely navigate the section of river to be run. Only current CW members are allowed to participate in CW events.  Please bring your completed liability waiver to give to the leader for each event. Click here to download the waiver.

Some cruises may be above the ability level for some members and varying water levels can have an impact on the difficulty of the run. Please research the water level and run you are interested in doing. You can find some of this information at the River Levels webpage on our website.  Published resources include Colorado Rivers & Creeks 2 and Whitewater of the Southern Rockies.  If you are unsure if your ability matches the run at the predicted flow, discuss your boating resume with the trip leader.

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