Safety Stressed During Potential Poudre Flooding

Release Date: Jun 3, 2011

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

Fort Collins, Colo. (June 3, 2011) – Due to the higher than average snowpack in upper elevations, the potential for flooding along the Poudre River, including the Poudre Canyon, is higher than usual.

The Poudre River is a magnet for summer recreation, including rafting, kayaking, scenic driving and camping. This summer visitors should make themselves aware of changing conditions and recognize conditions will vary along the river. Besides the flooding potential, many other hazards exist on the river. There may be an increase in debris (logs, rocks, etc.) in the water and the water temperature is still quite cold in the mountains.

Many visitors are calling with questions about areas along the river. Currently, no campgrounds or day-use areas are closed due to flooding. However, there are sites near the water that could flood if water levels continue to rise. If a campground is closed, refunds are given for reservations.

Depending on conditions, temporary closures of U.S. Forest Service sites or river access may be necessary for public safety and/or resource protection. Conditions can change daily, so please check our website at or call Visitor Information Services at 970-295-6700 to learn how flooding is affecting recreation on the district. Visitors can also follow the Canyon Lakes Ranger District on Twitter ( to get updates on recreation, safety, volunteers, fires and other activities. Information on the river flow at the mouth of the Poudre Canyon is available from the Colorado Division of Water Resources at

Additionally, the snowpack and recent rains have created wet conditions on roads within the district. Last weekend, many cars were getting stuck. Most district roads are closed. Check the roads status page on the web for the latest information

Please remember, the river level can fluctuate quickly and afternoon storms are typical. As with all situations, visitors are responsible for their own safety. The U.S. Forest Service ultimately wants to arm visitors with the information they need to make wise decisions while enjoying their national forest.