Beautiful,Clear Creek runs right through downtown Golden. It then heads toward the Coors Brewing Company,and North East to connect with Platte River. Golden is lucky to have an 800 feet section that highlights great areas for tubing,kayaking,panning,fishing,and wading. Created in 1998,the Clear Creek park has a series of drops and pools of different experience levels and has some fast eddies. The middle and bottom sections have more extreme surf waves and drops with huge random boulders. The city of Golden “requires paddlers to be proficient on fast moving,cold water,particularly during high flow season.” This year Clear Creek received record levels and was closed for recreational use,so make sure you check the availability of the park.
If you are thinking about trying something less technical,then tubing is the answer for you! Tubes can be purchased or rented from local outdoor retailers and tire shops. Although tubing is a less technical way of spending a day on the creek,it is by no means any less dangerous! Make sure to check out the rapids before you go so you know what you are getting into. Remember to be courteous to other people in the water like fisherman and kayakers. There are no fees for drop-in usage and the course is unsupervised. Personal flotation devices and helmets are highly recommended! Parking is located at Lions Park,the ballfields and adjacent areas. Vanover Park is also available for parking and provides a take-out site for those continuing downstream after maneuvering the course.
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