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Colorado whitewater, Bear Creek

Jefferson county, Idledale to Morrison section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     6 miles
There are plenty of sections from Upper Bear and from the Evergreen Lake down to Ideldale. Says William

This section of Bear Creek in Jefferson County is 6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section of whitewater. The natural beauty of Jefferson County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Boulder, there's a road map further down
    the page with more info on that. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of
the sections here are not easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Idledale to Morrison section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The river winds through the Front Range and you get great scenery. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people  
coming from far and near. The campgrounds here at Bear Creek are pretty good. There are many good hotels to choose from, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area is a perfect location to pop by on a gorgeous day, and close by you hit upon wonderful places like Devils Gulch. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Front Range. You need to visit Half Way Rock since you're here at Bear Creek, and there are plenty of folks from Indian Hills here at Bear Creek.

Bear Creek, Idledale to Morrison 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 Bear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5.5 miles long (Green Bay Rock)
Whitewater Outfitter - Down River Equipment Company, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Union Chutes)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Eldorado Canyon)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Creek:
Eldora, Colorado , 28 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 38 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 43 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 45 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 50 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 57 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 63 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 75 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 78 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek Lake Park Marina, Morrison , 5 miles away
Chatfield Marina, Littleton , 16 miles away
Lake Powell Resorts & Marina, Denver , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Cliff House Lodge Bed And Brea, Morrison , 4 miles away
The Cabins At Country Road, Evergreen , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GOLDEN - DENVER AREA, Golden , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Denver-West-Golden, Golden , 5 miles away
The Historic Brook Forest Inn, Evergreen , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Camp Coy, Indian Hills, 2 miles away
Dakota Ridge RV Park, Golden, 4 miles away
East Tin Cup Village, Golden, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Creek:
Beaver Brook Trail, Jefferson , 5 miles away
Mount Thorodin Trail, Gilpin , 16 miles away
Mesa Trail, Boulder , 16 miles away
Bear Peak Trail, Boulder , 17 miles away
Bolling Gulch Trail, Gilpin , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 41 miles away
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 42 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 14 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 15 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Red Rock Country Club, Morrison , 5 miles away
Red Rocks Country Club, Morrison , 5 miles away
Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Soda Lakes, Jefferson , 5 miles away
Hine Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Marston Lake, Denver , 12 miles away

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