This is an update on river flows for the upper Poudre Canyon, as observed throughout the day.
All stretches of the Poudre River are running high, and rising. Beware of wood as there is a lot of it moving down river right now, and more will be moving overnight.
Rustic Runs: MEDIUM-HIGH. Today was a great level to be on Upper and Lower Rustic. Expect these runs to rise even more by tomorrow and beware of new wood!!
Little South Fork: HIGH. Late this afternoon was the highest flow this run has seen in years. Lots and lots of timber moving downstream along this stretch. As of late this afternoon, the run had a clear channel down the entire run, except for the main rapid. Watch for new and existing wood!!
Joe Wright and Spencer Heights: Both runs were running HIGH this morning. This afternoon Joe Wright came down to MEDIUM level, while Spencer Heights rose to SCREAMING HIGH levels. Tons of new wood floating down Big South and Spencer Heights as I type this. By 8pm, Spencer Heights was running higher than I’ve seen it (see attached pics).
Sportsman Gauge: 3.4 @ 10am & 4.0 @ 4pm. The river kept rising all day, and by 8pm the gauge had washed out (as in, it’s no longer there…). No water was coming through tunnel all day.
Big South: BALLISTIC (as in, really really high!) @ 8PM. The top of the rock gauge (the one located under the bridge) is buried deep underwater. Tons of wood flushing downstream. This would have been a really scary place to be boating today. The gate into Long Draw reservoir is closed.
Here are some photos taken throughout today: