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Dept Head: Kurt Friesen
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Poudre River Whitewater Park

Located just north of Old Town, kayakers, tubers and kids of all ages can enjoy the Poudre River and all it has to offer. This park brought the river back to a more natural state, helps connect the river to downtown, provides safe access to the river, and improved the river floodplain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the park located?

The park is located at 202 East Vine Drive, just north of Old Town off College and East Vine.

What is available at the park, i.e. what is a whitewater park?
  • Poudre River Whitewater Park is a river park, designed for kayakers and tubers to enjoy the river and test their whitewater skills. The whitewater park has two whitewater drop structures.
  • The park was designed to bring the river back to a more natural state and improve the river floodplain.
  • There is also accessible riverbank access, an overlook plaza, and a pedestrian bridge that connects to the Poudre Trail.
  • There are no flush toilets, but a changing room and port o let is available at the parking lot.  
Is the park open?

Yes, Poudre River Whitewater Park is open. Please follow physical distancing regulations when using the park.

Is there an admission fee to use the park?

The park is public and there is no admission fee to use the park.

Can I rent boat, tubes, river gear at the park?

There are no rentals available at the park but there are several local shops that rent all types of boating and safety gear.

At what flows do the drop structures create a wave?

A wave is formed at 200 CFS (cubic feet per second) and above. Cubic feet per second refers to the volume and speed of waterflow, the higher the number the higher the water level and faster the waterflow.

Where do I find the best river gage data for the park?

Gauges are installed on rivers to measure the CFS (cubic feet per second). Current flows can be found on the USGS website:

Why isn’t there any water in the river?

While the whitewater park contains some manmade structures, the water level is dependent on natural flows which are dependent on precipitation levels and vary by season.

Who do I contact if I have an issue with the park?

If you have an issue with the park, please call: 970-221-6660.

Follow us on the progress of the park. 

Status Milestone Date Location Description
Complete Groundbreaking August 23, 2018 Heritage Park A groundbreaking event was hosted to mark the start of construction. 
Complete Estimated completion September 2019 Poudre River Whitewater Park Poudre River Whitewater Park will be open to the public. 
Complete Grand Opening October 12, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon Poudre River Whitewater Park Learn from our partners about the design of the park and its significance to the River District. Also, explore the park in its entirety. 

Review our presentations and supporting documents from park conception through construction to learn more about the project and park concepts. 

In the News

Stormwater: A Whitewater Adventure

The Poudre Whitewater Park addresses stormwater and flooding issues while providing the community with opportunities for outdoor excitement.

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NOCO Style: Poudre River Whitewater Park

On a chilly March 2, when spring still seemed more like a groundhog’s bad prediction, Kurt Friesen gazed out to the sleepy new Poudre River White-water Park in Fort Collins and smiled at the future.

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Recreation Management: Rough Waters

It's been smooth sailing for Fort Collins' rough waters. The Colorado town, home to Colorado State University and the Poudre River, just opened an $11 million whitewater park 14 months after groundbreaking. S2O Design provided design, planning, permitting and construction services to the project, which aims to bring people from near and far to use an overlooked stretch of river. 

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4 CBS Denver: Fort Collins Opens New Whitewater Park On Poudre River

The most playful portion of the Poudre River redevelopment project on the north side of Fort Collins had its grand opening Saturday.

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Coloradoan: Fort Collins celebrates Poudre River Whitewater Park Grand Opening

The chilly fall weather didn't stop parkgoers — or kayakers — from attending the Poudre River Whitewater Park grand opening on Saturday.

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Reporter Herald: Poudre River Whitewater Park opens to the public Saturday

Fort Collins will open the new Poudre River Whitewater Park Saturday at 10 a.m. just north of Old Town.

The park offers new ways for the public to enjoy the Poudre River and ensure that it remains viable for years to come, according to Fort Collins Parks and Wildlife.

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Coloradoan: Poudre River Whitewater Park grand opening is Saturday

The Poudre River Whitewater Park grand opening celebration Saturday will mark the completion of a Fort Collins attraction years in the making. 

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Collegian: Poudre River Whitewater Park to open mid-September

The construction of Poudre River Whitewater Park, located just east of North College Avenue and north of Old Town, is almost complete.

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Coloradoan: What to expect when Fort Collins' Poudre River Whitewater Park opens next month

Poudre River Whitewater Park will open in mid-September after years of effort to fund, plan and build the $11.5 million, 11-acre testament to Fort Collins’ passion for the Poudre.

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9News: $11 Million Fort Collins whitewater park set to open in September

Watch a story about the Poudre River Whitewater Park on 9News. 

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North Forty News: Floaters take heed

“The Poudre River Whitewater Park will be an incredible addition to our city. It will offer a unique opportunity to experience the river in downtown,” ...

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Area-Info: Poudre River Whitewater Park on track to open this summer

Construction zone remains closed to the public. Anticipation is rising for the new Poudre River Whitewater Park, especially as spring runoff and sunny days tempt river-goers to rushing waters...

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Denver 7News: Old Town makeover in Fort Collins to include 'convertible' street

The city of Fort Collins has big plans to expand Old Town square all the way to the Poudre River....

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Coloradoan: Whitewater Park pedestrian bridge install

Watch the installation of the pedestrian bridge as it is added to the Poudre River Whitewater Park. 

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Coloradoan: Fort Collins' Poudre Whitewater Park pedestrian bridge installed

Crews move the Graham Family Bridge, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Cache la Poudre River funded by a $1 million donation by Jack and Ginger Graham...

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Coloradoan: Poudre River fish kill likely unrelated to whitewater park construction

An unexplained fish kill on the Poudre River doesn't appear to be connected to Fort Collins' construction of a whitewater park a few miles upstream...

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Coloradoan: See the start of Fort Collins whitewater park construction

The contractor for the Fort Collins whitewater park is starting to lay the groundwork for building out the project...

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Coloradoan: Construction underway for downtown Fort Collins whitewater park

Usually, if a giant piece of construction equipment is in a river, some project manager would be readying words that wouldn't suit a church on a Sunday...

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Coloradoan: Industrial revolution, Fort Collins' urban whitewater park disguises restoration as recreation

A crest of concrete spans the water, sending it on a sloping cascade instead of the natural rolls expected of a river...

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Coloradoan: Water storage project NISP won't drain whitewater park, Fort Collins officials say

The Poudre River's water is more wanted than, well, a drink of water on a hot summer day...

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Coloradoan: Golden oars mark start of yearlong paddle toward Fort Collins whitewater park

Golden shovels — as impractical as they are for digging ditches — are even less useful for paddling kayaks...

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North Forty News: The Poudre Whitewater Park is so much more

Beginning in August, work will begin on a project referred to as The Poudre Whitewater Park...

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Collegian: City Council passes appropriation of $1.5 million into Poudre River Whitewater Park project

Fort Collins city councilmembers reviewed a total of 13 consent items and three discussion items during last night’s city council meeting, but the discussion of the Poudre River Whitewater Park Project was the biggest item discussed during the meeting...

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Coloradoan: Volunteers push for Poudre River kayak park project

Poudre Whitewater Park volunteers pledged $1 million to the project and have raised roughly $400K in private donations...

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What to expect when Fort Collins' Poudre River Whitewater Park opens next month