The Poudre River is a community treasure. It is also powerful and unpredictable. We want to help you make good decisions if you choose to recreate on the river. The City of Fort Collins, Poudre Fire Authority, and several other local partners have joined together to create the Poudre Safety Initiative - Play it Safe on the Poudre. While the river is never completely safe, there are resources, practices, and information to help.
Click the button below to learn more about river safety, view maps of the Poudre River, and prepare for your upcoming visit.
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.
Live Feed of the Whitewater Park
Watch a live feed of the Poudre River Whitewater Park *Photos are taken every 30-minutes and uploaded to this website. Please note this is not a live video stream of the park.
Water Depth and Streamflow
Click here to learn about the current depth and flow at the Poudre River Whitewater Park.
*The actual water depth and streamflow may vary from what's reported here and may suddenly change. While the river is never completely safe, there are resources, practices, and information to help. Click here to learn more about river safety, view maps of the Poudre River, and prepare for your upcoming visit.
Play it Safe, Know Before You Go
- No lifeguard on duty. Enter the water at your own risk.
- Water safety equipment is recommended. Learn more here.
- Know your plan for weather and route before visiting. High flows are unsafe.
- There is no takeout downstream.
- Share the river.
- If you're caught by the water, take the safety position and move to shore.
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.
- Where can I enter/exit the river on tubes, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.?
- 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: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?06752260
- 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.
Learn more about the initial planning, design, and construction of the first phase of Poudre River Whitewater Park completed in October 2019.
Current & Future Projects
Park Planning and Development is currently conducting a feasibility study for Reach 4 of Poudre River Whitewater Park. More details coming soon!