The Cache la Poudre River watershed drains approximately 1,056 square miles above the canyon mouth west of Fort Collins. In an average year, the Cache la Poudre River watershed produces approximately 274,000 acre feet of water. More than 80 percent of the production (223,000 acre feet) occurs during the peak snowmelt months of April through July.
The Cache la Poudre River watershed provides water to the cities of Fort Collins, Windsor and Greeley. It also supplies water to numerous ditch and reservoir companies in eastern Larimer and western Weld counties.
Northern Water's SnoWatch system displays year-to-date snow accumulation for three SNOTELs in the Cache la Poudre River watershed. Deadman Hill SNOTEL is a high-elevation site located in the North Fork drainage area of the watershed. Joe Wright, also a high-elevation site, is situated in the watershed's southwest corner. A new middle-elevation SNOTEL site, Hourglass Lake, is located in the Little South drainage area.
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Cache la Poudre River at canyon mouth near Fort Collins
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