Discover Why this 126-Mile River Made NOCO’s Best
If you live in the Northern Colorado Region, you will want to acquaint yourself with Fort Collins and the river running along the Rocky Mountain National Park known as Cache la Poudre. The active body of water provides recreational space for fishing, rafting and wildlife not to mention is an important resource for our agriculture. In this week’s article, you will discover why the 126-mile river made NOCO’s Best.
Location of NOCO’s Cache La Poudre River
Laporte is a tiny town outside of Fort Collins city limits. It is also where many consider this body of water as the beginning of Cache la Poudre. While you may cross the river in different areas throughout NOCO, some claim Laporte to be where the historical 126-mile river originated. During the 1800s the French forcefully hid gun powder along the banks protecting it from a massive winter storm which is where it gets its name. The English Translation for Cache la Poudre is “Hide the Powder.”
History Buffs Love the Area as Stories Flow
You can see remnants of history along the outer banks where early settlers dug trenches for agriculture and urban development. During 1860 farmers started developing irrigation to get the water to their properties and livestock. The river flows from Laporte to Eastern plains of Greeley, Colorado. The breathtaking views are thrilling with every twist and turn on the Larimer County favorite waterway. You can learn more about the historical geography by visiting Fort Collins History Connection.
Wildlife Residents are Favorable
Wildlife are also residents who favor the natural areas. Whether you are walking on the trails along the water or traveling by boat, you have the chance to see beautiful butterflies overlooking the area and their friends. Deer, prairie dogs and beaver all call this place “Home.” However, you may encounter fox and eagle searching for food along the stretch. In most cases you won’t see big horn sheep or lions as they aren’t as prevalent. There are a number of other animals such as Talons increasing your chances for an encounter.
Colorado’s Best Bird Watching
Cache la Poudre River is ideal for birdwatching. Raptures, duck, and songbirds are cast in the show along the riverbanks, soaring in the air and eagerly hunting for a meal. You will find Canadian Geese and ducks flocking along the ponds and shallow water. Other species include blue jays, wild turkeys, sparrow, and finch to name a few.
Fly-Fishing is Popular in NOCO on Cache la Poudre
Fly-fishing for brown trout is also a popular pastime amongst visitors and residents. The scenic river provides riffles to quiet pools, making the location a popular place for visiting anglers. There are several species of trout and not just Salmo Trutta. The catch of the day be Rainbow or Cutbow trout depending on spawning conditions. Pro fishermen/women suggest flies, grasshoppers, and canned corn for bait! Regardless, browns are the most common and dominate the waters at La Poudre River.
Cache la Poudre Offers Memorable Adventure
There are plenty of places along the river to rent boats, canoes and when in season, (Usually in the Spring), the river runs wild giving tourists a thrill for life. Check with local tour guides for the run and accessibility.
White-Water Rafting is A Thrill
Pale skin is common when you’re on an adventure with a tour guide who knows Cache la Poudre. If you like being tossed around like a ball on a roulette wheel white-water rafting is for you. Treading the rough waters, white caps and swells is loads of fun, but not for those who scare easily. From May to September you’ll have an unforgettable ride on the Lower Poudre. However, Mishawaka and Upper Poudre are just as memorable but a bit rough where age limit starts at 13. Whether you’re older or younger, traveling the Poudre by raft is something to put in the bucket of ‘Must Dos’.
Excellent Place for Investing in Land & Real Estate
Living on the Poudre is just as exciting if you are fortunate enough to buy property along the embankment. Places along the river would include Bellvue, Laporte and Estes Park. However, parts of Windsor and Greeley have access to the runnel. Regardless, you can expect acreage along the Front Range to Livermore. In the event you’re dreaming of buying a nice parcel of land, you’ll want to consider the hinterland and out back of the woods.
There is a Vast Range of Housing Styles in the Area
Properties offer a vast range of styles from single-story ranch homes to mountain mansions. You will find many people who live in these areas are not full-time residents where tourists take up rentals and you may be better buying if you plan on camping regularly. However, if wanting to invest in property on the river, consider Fort Collins as there’s plenty of land and houses to choose.
Impressive Landscaping Surrounds Cache la Poudre
Besides housing opportunities, there’s also stunning scenery along the river. One destination where you can expect to see a view are the Bluffs. Some 200 feet above the water, you’ll find an impressive landscape once carved out by the erosion and changing climate. Formerly known as Poudre River Ranch, the Signature Bluffs Natural Area offers 86-acres of land outside of Greeley. You’ll also find this to be a great place to bike, hike or take in the park’s creatures.
Film Location for The TV Series “Centennial”
Did you know? Scenes from James A. Michener’s television series, “Centennial” was filmed along the Poudre River. However, over the years there’s been a scarcity of filming whether for television or movies. Parts of the terrain are more risqué making the land harder to access for that type of thing. But, the TV show provides some insight to our economic growth and Colorado’s culture.
ATV’s and Rock Crawlers Follow Rules
Other than white water rafting, jeeps and ATV’s are another way to get around if they can manage rock crawling. However, it’s good to stay on the trail in the event you break down or get lost. The trails are mostly frequented by doting bicyclists and hikers and not many other vehicles. Whether traveling by mountain vehicle or on foot, check the trails ahead of time for rules and regulations. Many of these natural areas forbid the use of firearms and pets off-leash. Not to mention, the rules change per county. The Poudre River stretches across both Larimer and Weld counties, making it necessary to know regulations for both.
You Can Camp There!
Camping along the river is one of the many pass times tourists and homeowners enjoy. You’ll find a few sites along the way such as Lory State Park, KOA Journey and Jack’s Gulch to name a few. Sometimes you can pitch a tent as RV’s and vehicles won’t have access. No matter if you’re staying for a week or a day, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Memories Last Forever from the Colorado Landmark
I hope you’ve learned more about the territory and benefits of this incredible Colorado landmark. The river is truly 126-miles of NOCO’s best natural areas and one you must visit. Whether it’s for a day of fly-fishing or wanting to catch the wild rushing waters by raft, the memories will last forever.