River Safety

Water is unpredictable and adventures on the river come with inherent risk. Before entering the water, know your limits as a water-sport participant. This includes considering the depth of the water and the speed in which it flows. 

While the Cache la Poudre River meanders through Windsor, the best place to kayak and float is in the designated river-mile at the Eastman Park River Experience, 7025 Eastman Park Drive. Areas to the northwest are known for having more debris and spillways; areas to the southeast are known for having other dangers such as barbed wire. 

 Safety First! Know Before You Go

  • There is no lifeguard on duty. Enter water at your own risk.
  • Wear proper safety equipment at all times.
  • When the river runs high—particularly during spring mountain run-off or following heavy storms—there can be unforeseen hazards in the water.
  • Off leash dogs are prohibited. 
  • The water is cold and high flows can be unsafe. If you are caught in high or swift water, take the safety position and move toward the shore. To get into the safety position, get to your back, cradle your safety vest with a slight bend at waist and try to keep your toes out of the water with your feet pointing downstream. 
  • Share the river. Everyone is here to have fun and enjoy the water.
  • Know the weather and plan accordingly. If you hear thunder or see lightning, leave the water immediately.
  • Never bring glass to the river and clean up trash before leaving the park. 
  • Write your name and phone number on your float. If you and your float become separated, this helps responders verify if someone is missing or in need of help. 

In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. To report found floats, call 970-674-3500.