Poudre River & Red Feather Lakes Tourist Council

Things to Do

Hiking Trails

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!

Poudre Canyon Area Trails include:

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

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.

Red Feather Area Trails include:

Mt. Margaret: Rolling meadows, Aspen groves, and creek. Easy hike open to horses and bikes too. Trail starts right off Red Feather Lakes Road.

Molly Lake: Easy, heavily wooded trail ending at pretty spot by Molly Lake with great picnic boulders!

Trail starts right off CR 162 - Manhatten Road.

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

If you want some real adventure, why not try whitewater rafting with Mountain Whitewater Descents? Click here for details.

Colorado’'s Famous Trout Route Location of the 2007 National Fly Fishing Championships

Fishing spots can be in rivers or lakes and have specific policies applicable to each area. These policies can be obtained wherever you buy your fishing license. The Poudre River is famous for its trout fishing and is nicknamed "The Trout Route." Public access is available from most Tourist Council member properties located on the Poudre River. Other 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. Each lake has it own policies and limits. Both fly fishing and live bait are allowed. Daily fishing licenses can be purchased at many of our member businesses - just ask them for more information or stop by St. Peter's Fly Shop in Fort Collins on your way up.