Cache La Poudre River, Fort Collins

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The Cache la Poudre River, also known as the Poudre River, is a river in the state of Colorado in the United States.
The name of the river is a corruption of the original Cache à la Poudre or "cache of powder". It refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers, caught by a snowstorm, were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.
Its headwaters are in the Front Range in Larimer County, in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The river descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest in Poudre Canyon. It emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins.
It flows eastward across the plains, passing north of the city of Greeley, and flows into the South Platte River approximately east of Greeley.
The river is a popular summer destination for fly fishing, whitewater rafting, tubing, and kayaking in the Poudre Canyon. The river has been substantially populated since the 1930s by year-round residences. While a popular summer destination, the area has residential communities and churches that provide a year-round presence in the rural area. The fish in the Cache La Poudre River include: rainbow, brown and brook trout.
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  • I live only 20 miles from this canyon and take a drive up it as often as I can. It is truly nature at its best. Areas to stop and just enjoy. It is a great place to hike, fish, camp and kayaking.  more »
  • Highly recommend taking a ride on the poudre and either going rafting or to one of the concerts at mishuawaka.  more »
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  • The Palace in Poudre Canyon is absolutely amazing! Offers obscene amounts of routes and climbing, not so much bouldering, but a few routes hiding around. Awesome hiking and a lot of places to explore here! If you climb though this is a Mecca. You will run into plenty of people who are in general fairly nice and willing to stop and talk!!! Super beautiful scenery and lots to do!! Wouldn’t recommend bringing your kids and family unless your a family in the climbing scene!
  • Lindsay and her grandma just returned from the Cache la Poudre River area on May 27th and is truly GOD's country. the river was rapid and loved the sound. loved the scenic area and so much to see in the area without being commercialized. My grandma has been to that area several times with other family and friends over the years and was never disappointed. must try the elk, buffalo, venison, antelope, &wild boar burger at the Glen Echo Resort Cafe close to Rustic, Co. stayed at the Big Horn Cabins and was THE BEST. a fire in the cabin's wood-burning stove was a perfect thing to come home to after a day of exploring the area which i started every evening. all the comforts of home were provided. Just bring the food you will need.

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