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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Jefferson county, Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     5.8 miles
 
Wicked piece of water. When you say its a IV it is really a class V. Says Roger

If kayaks are not allowed on Cheeseman Lake, are Stand up Paddles an exception? Says Tim

The Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers section of South Platte River in Jefferson County is 5.8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The nature scenery of Jefferson County and the beautiful way the water current moves down
    the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Denver-Aurora. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. And of
course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater paddling here in the Front Range is a great experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have  
reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers stretch is just one of many. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
On a good day at South Platte River you can take a hike along the South Manitou Park Trail, and Pike National Forest is worth checking out. All year is a glorious time in the Front Range if you have a thing about the outdoors. While you're here at South Platte River you will meet lots of people from nearby Sedalia.

   

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These outdoors activities are available near South Platte River.
 Whitewater Near South Platte River:
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 0 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
South Platte River, Park County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
South Platte River - North Fork, Park/Jefferson County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10.5 miles long (Bailey to Pine)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 8 miles long (Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Eldora, Colorado , 44 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 52 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 54 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 58 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 63 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 64 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 74 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 82 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
TownePlace Suites Denver Southwest/Littleton, Littleton , 18 miles away
Country Lodge, Woodland Park , 18 miles away
The Eagle Fire Lodge & Cabins, Woodland Park , 18 miles away
Pikes Peak Paradise Bed & Brea, Woodland Park , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Denver Littleton, Littleton , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Lone Rock - Pike National Forest, Pueblo, 1 miles away
Platte River Campground, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
Wigwam Campground, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
Rolling Creek Trail, Park , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 20 miles away
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 62 miles away
Pike National Forest, Colorado , 6 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Shining Mountain Golf Club, Woodland Park , 17 miles away
Deer Creek Golf Club, Littleton , 18 miles away
The Meadows Golf Club, Littleton , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 4 miles away
Wellington Lake, Jefferson , 10 miles away
Hine Lake, Jefferson , 20 miles away

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