Poudre River & Red Feather Lakes Tourist Council




Fishing on the Dowdy Lake near Red Feathers Lake or on the Cache la Poudre on Why 14, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Dowdy Lake near Red Feather Lakes; and fly-fishing the Cache la Poudre along Highway 14

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Welcome to Roosevelt National Park and the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Plan to hike, mountain bike, whitewater raft, kayak, fish, hunt, cross-country ski, snowshoe and then just hang out and enjoy the peace and quiet that only mountain life can bring you.

Nestled in the beautiful Northern Colorado Rockies, are the magnificent Poudre Canyon, wild and scenic Poudre River, rustic village of Red Feather Lakes, high country of North Park and historic town of La Porte. The 612,000 acre Roosevelt National Forest provides exceptional outdoor recreation activities on a year round basis. The Rawah Wilderness Area, one of the most beautiful areas within the Roosevelt National Forest comprises 25,580 acres of rugged peaks, alpine lakes and streams. It is managed to invite adventure, provide refuge from civilization and preserve the flora and fauna.

HIKING TRAILS in the Poudre River Canyon and Red Feather Lakes Region

You can't go wrong in picking any hiking trail. Your main considerations should be trail head location and trail difficulty. All of our trails offer incredible natural beauty, wonderful views, and possibility to see wildlife. The suggestions below are just a few of dozens of trails all around us!

MOLLY LAKE: Easy, heavily wooded trail ending at pretty spot by Molly Lake with great picnic boulders! Trail starts right off CR 162 - Manhattan Road.

BIG SOUTH: Beautiful gentle climbing trail following the South Fork of the Poudre River. Wooded trail and some rocks to climb farther up. Trail starts in the Upper Poudre Canyon.

ROARING CREEK: Fun, but steep climb to lush forests and meadows. Trail starts in the Upper Poudre Canyon.

MT. MARGARET: Known for its' rolling meadows, Aspen groves, and creek. This is an easy hike open to horses and mountain bikes. Trail starts right off Red Feather Lakes Road.

FISHING SPOTS Colorado's Famous "Trout Route"

Fishing Spots are in rivers or lakes and each has specific policies. These policies can be obtained wherever you buy your Colorado fishing license.

THE POUDRE RIVER is famous for its trout fishing and is nicknamed "The Trout Route." Public access points are indicated by roadside signs as you drive up the canyon. Fly-fishing is the most popular type of fishing on this river. Rainbow trout and Brown trout are the most common fish caught in the river.

RED FEATHER LAKES has some wonderful public lakes to choose from. Dowdy Lake, Parvin Lake, West Lake, and Bellaire Lake are all great fishing spots and are regularly stocked with trout. Both fly-fishing and live bait are allowed. Daily fishing licenses can be purchased.


Elevation: 7,200 - 8,500 feet

The Poudre River offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking in Northern Colorado!

PLEASE NOTE: All Activities listed below can be found in the area.

For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: Tourist Council, 31635 Poudre Canyon, Bellvue Colorado 80512; 970-881-2142.



  • Region: Poudre River Canyon - North Central, Colorado
  • Region: Red Feather Lakes - North Central, Colorado
  • Restaurant: On site.

  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • State Parks: On site.
  • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Museum: On site.
  • Indoor Swimming Pool: Walking distance.
  • Golf Course: On site.
  • Art Gallery: On site.
  • Restaurant(s): On site.

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool: Walking distance.
  • Stocked Fishing Pond: On site.
  • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
  • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: On site.
  • Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing. Lake Fishing.
  • Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
  • Fly Shop: On site.
  • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
  • Kayaking Rentals: On site.
  • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
  • Jeep Trails: Trails start on site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.

  • Hunting in Area: On site.
  • Drop Camps: Yes.
  • Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Deer Hunting: Yes.
  • Elk Hunting: Yes.
  • Moose Hunting: Yes.
  • Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 8, 9, 19, 171, 191,

  • Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
  • Ice Fishing: On site.
  • Snowmobile Trails: Trails start on site.

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