By Alan Silverstein, (page updated Wed Mar 16 18:14:20 MDT 2022)

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After a few years of desire, I found an opportunity to kayak the Poudre River through Fort Collins again. It happened to be on the solstice (longest day of the year). I covered 8.9 miles in 5.0 hours from the Aztlan Center (just east of US-287 and downstream of one big diversion dam) to the Swetsville Zoo (east of I-25), where Cathie met me with the truck.

I thought I needed 700 CFS for a good ride, and went on a day that it dropped from about 530 CFS to under 500, but as it turned out, that was still pretty hairy in spots. I had to scout and run carefully the first two bridges near Old Town, portage three diversion dams (and accidentally paddle over a small one I didn't see coming), plus also portage a narrow, tree-choked spot by the Environmental Learning Center. After all of that, the remaining run was simpler and merely fast!

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