The Filter Run at the Cache La Poudre River is a fantastic run for for paddlers ready to advance their skills beyond flatwater without severe consequences. This 2.4 mile segment of the Poudre is class II - III, with a pair of exciting rapids and lots of swift moving, cold, class II water. While there are Boulder gardens and the somewhat famous Mad Dog rapids, the river is a straight-forward run and a great place for beginners to take the first steps into a larger world.
What Makes It Great
Filter run has several putin and take out points, though the entire 2.4 mile run is standard. There is nothing tricky or unexpected and the obstacles will be fun, thrilling and challenging to those new to true whitewater. Advanced paddlers can help teach others here or simply enjoy the pure, uncomplicated run.
Those ready to take the plunge into fast moving water will rightfully feel a sense of accomplishment. The Filter Run is popular and fun, so expect to meet other similarly skilled boaters.
Who is Going to Love It
Advanced beginners and intermediate paddlers will love the pace of the run and the option to make a few loops in a single day. Those hoping to teach new paddlers real whitewater skills will like the relatively safe conditions.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The run is located conveniently next to Highway 14 and provides numerous put in and take out options. The upper most put in is at Gateway Natural Area ($5 per day). This is probably the best put in option, but there is a fee involved. Many free options exist downstream. Take out at the well-used Picnic Rock day use area.