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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Union Chutes section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     0.1 miles
  The scenic beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a short drive from Boulder. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. There's camping available near South Platte River. This section is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start
    over and over. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are
many good hotels to choose from, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section of South Platte River in -blank- County is 0.1 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Beaver Brook Trail; you'll meet a lot of people from Wheat Ridge here. South Platte River is near Lena Gulch which
is absolutely worth a visit. Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area is both good and picturesque, and it's in the vicinity of South Platte River. South Platte River gets very little rain. Most of the rain falls through May, and January is when it's the driest. At South Platte River during the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. Highs during the wintertime are commonly in the 40's while the cold winter nights at South Platte River are in the 10's.


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These outdoors activities are available near South Platte River.
 Whitewater Near South Platte River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Down River Equipment Company, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Inflatables Equipment & Repair, Denver County, 9 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
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South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Eldorado Canyon)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5.5 miles long (Green Bay Rock)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 19 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 7.2 miles long (Gross Mountain Reservoir to Eldorado State Park)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Eldora, Colorado , 35 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 46 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 54 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 55 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 57 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 60 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 67 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 73 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 86 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 88 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near South Platte River:
Lake Powell Resorts & Marina, Denver , 8 miles away
Bear Creek Lake Park Marina, Morrison , 8 miles away
Chatfield Marina, Littleton , 10 miles away
Boulder Reservoir Marina, Boulder , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
Super 8 Wheat Ridge/Denver West, Wheat Ridge , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHEAT RIDGE-DENVER WEST, Wheat Ridge , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge , 1 miles away
Affordable Inns - Denver West, Wheat Ridge , 1 miles away
Howard Johnson Denver West, Wheat Ridge , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, 0 miles away
Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, 2 miles away
South Park Lodge and RV Park, Golden, 5 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
Beaver Brook Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away
Mesa Trail, Boulder , 16 miles away
Bear Peak Trail, Boulder , 17 miles away
Saddle Rock Trail, Boulder , 18 miles away
Green Mountain Trail, Boulder , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 42 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 48 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 13 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 17 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Overland Golf Course, Arvada , 2 miles away
Golf Guys, Arvada , 2 miles away
Lakewood Country Club, Denver , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Sloans Lake, Denver , 4 miles away
Rocky Mountain Lake, Denver , 5 miles away
Marston Lake, Denver , 8 miles away

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