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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Adams Weld county, Brighton City Park to Fort Lupton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Greeley, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Adams / Weld County scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons
    to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or
kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Brighton City Park to Fort Lupton section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to run into some cheerful people from Fort Lupton here, and Barr Lake State Park is a pretty place any time of year.
Barbour Ponds State Park is a good place to stop at. It is very dry here at South Platte River generally. The month of May is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest of the months is January. Summer at South Platte River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's while night lows are typically in the 50's. For the duration of the winter the highs are frequently in the 40's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at South Platte River temperatures fall to the 10's.

South Platte River, Brighton City Park to Fort Lupton road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near South Platte River.
 Whitewater Near South Platte River:
South Platte River, Adams / Weld County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Brighton City Park to Fort Lupton)
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Inflatables Equipment & Repair, Denver County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, -blank- County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Union Chutes)
Whitewater Outfitter - Down River Equipment Company, Jefferson County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Eldora, Colorado , 53 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 74 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 75 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 77 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 81 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 90 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 95 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
 Marinas Near South Platte River:
Lake Powell Resorts & Marina, Denver , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
Best Western Brighton Inn, Brighton , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Brighton, Brighton , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Northeast/Brighton, Brighton , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Denver Northeast-Brighton CO, Brighton , 3 miles away
Super 8 Brighton, Brighton , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Barr Lake RV Park, Brighton, 5 miles away
Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, 6 miles away
Denver Northeast Pepper Pod, Hudson, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 50 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 68 miles away
Barr Lake State Park, Colorado , 7 miles away
Barbour Ponds State Park, Colorado , 13 miles away
Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Coyote Creek Golf Course, Fort Lupton , 3 miles away
Coyotecreek Golf Course Building, Fort Lupton , 4 miles away
Heritage Todd Creek Golf Club, Thornton , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
McKay Lake, Adams , 13 miles away
Badding Reservoir, Adams , 14 miles away
Milton Lake Reservoir, Weld , 17 miles away

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