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Colorado whitewater, Left Hand Creek

Boulder county, Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     3 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. If you're coming from Boulder it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location. Left Hand Creek doesn't have a lot of paddling stretches, the Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park stretch is the only one. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The wonderful
    Colorado scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park section of Left Hand Creek is 3 miles long and is rated by
American Whitewater as a class IV section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. The beauty of the Front Range is a great plus for this river. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want  
to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Ceran Vrain Trail is always a magnificent adventure. A visit to Golden Gate Canyon State Park when you're here at Left Hand Creek is a good idea, and Moorhead Gulch is definitely a wonderful place to pop by. This river is so great. The friendly people of Jamestown like to hang out close by, and a journey here wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Eldorado State Park. Go for a hike on the North Sheep Mountain Trail. Not much precipitation falls here at Left Hand Creek.


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These outdoors activities are available near Left Hand Creek.
 Whitewater Near Left Hand Creek:
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.5 miles long (Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead to Confluence)
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Confluence to 1 in 5 Rapid)
Boulder Creek - North, Boulder County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (Switzerland Park to Boulder Falls)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Mile Marker 32 to Blue Bridge)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park)
Saint Vrain Creek - North, Boulder County, 8 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.8 miles long (Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse)
Boulder Creek - South, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.6 miles long (Pinecliffe to Gross Mountain Reservoir)
Saint Vrain Creek - North, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (CR 80 to Lyons)
Jasper Creek, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (to Boulder Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Left Hand Creek:
Eldora, Colorado , 15 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 27 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 34 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 40 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 46 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 55 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 60 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 71 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 73 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Left Hand Creek:
Boulder Reservoir Marina, Boulder , 12 miles away
Carter Lake Marina, Loveland , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Left Hand Creek:
Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BOULDER, Boulder , 9 miles away
St Julien Hotel And Spa, Boulder , 10 miles away
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder , 10 miles away
Boulder University Inn, Boulder , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Left Hand Creek:
Riverside, -blank-, 5 miles away
Lefthand Canyon, Boulder, 6 miles away
Middle Saint Vrain Campground, Boulder County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Left Hand Creek:
Ceran Vrain Trail, Boulder , 3 miles away
North Sheep Mountain Trail, Boulder , 7 miles away
Bright Trail, Boulder , 7 miles away
Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off Trail, Boulder , 8 miles away
South Saint Vrain Trail, Boulder , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Left Hand Creek:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 16 miles away
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 65 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 11 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 13 miles away
Barbour Ponds State Park, Colorado , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Left Hand Creek:
Access Golf, Boulder , 11 miles away
Haystack Mountain Golf Course, Longmont , 13 miles away
Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Left Hand Creek
Beaver Reservoir, Boulder , 8 miles away
Left Hand Reservoir, Boulder , 11 miles away
Baseline Reservoir, Boulder , 15 miles away

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