Poudre River Whitewater Park

Fort Collins Whitewater Park

Wave Description

The Poudre River Whitewater Park in Fort Collins was completed in late 2019. The project was started in 2014, so it’s been a long time coming. As of this writing (late April 2020), we haven’t seen a high water season at the park, so it’s hard to tell whether it will give up much in the way of surfing during prime flows. A couple of man-made holes/waves are the center of the action. It doesn’t have much going on during winter fish flows, but it’ll give you a surf on a SUP if you’re in the area:

Hopefully things will really come alive with stronger flows. Historically, the park should see a couple months of decent water:

Historic flows poudre river at fort collins

Gauge Information

The Poudre River at Fort Collins gauge gives an accurate measure of the flow. Don’t use upstream gauges, since agricultural diversions upstream siphon off a fair amount of water from the flow in town.

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USGS Water-data graph for site 06752260


The main section of the park is just east of where College Avenue crosses the Poudre. The easiest places to park are just to the north of the park, off of Vine Drive.