Cache La Poudre River Colors
Jon Burch Photography
Photograph - Digital Capture/textured
The Cache La Poudre river 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 emerging from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins.
Flowing eastward across the plains, the river passes north of Greeley, and flows into the South Platte River approximately 5 miles east.
The name of the river means "Hide the powder" in French. It refers to an incident in the 1820's when French trappers, caught by a snowstorm, were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.
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 1930''s 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. Nearly all of the land in the area is privately owned, including the river banks which are not public property in Colorado. - Wikki
Image made along Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon near the Electric Fish. Photograph copyright 2013 Jon Burch Photography
October 12th, 2013
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