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Colorado whitewater, Saint Vrain Creek - North

Boulder county, Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     1.8 miles
  This stretch of Saint Vrain Creek - North in Colorado is 1.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV(V) section. The wonderful Boulder County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Saint Vrain Creek - North have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. If you're
    coming from Boulder it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. When you're paddling down a Front Range river like this one you always
get great scenery along the way too. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. This is a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80 stretch  
is just one of many. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Deadman Gulch is a good location to explore nearby, and nearby you hit upon the Bright Trail which is a glorious hiking trail. If you go for the outdoors you'll go for it here in the Front Range. Lots of people from Lyons come to Saint Vrain Creek - North, and going to Rocky Mountain National Park is just something you need to do if you haven't yet. This is such a fun river.

Saint Vrain Creek - North, Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80 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 Saint Vrain Creek - North.
 Whitewater Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Saint Vrain Creek - North, Boulder County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (CR 80 to Lyons)
Saint Vrain Creek - North, Boulder County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.8 miles long (Buttonrock Preserve to CR 80)
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Confluence to 1 in 5 Rapid)
Left Hand Creek, Boulder County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (Intersection of 81rd and 94rd to Buckingham Park)
Saint Vrain Creek - South, Boulder County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.5 miles long (Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead to Confluence)
Big Thompson River, Larimer County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V+) - 11.5 miles long (Lake Estes to Drake)
Big Thompson River, Larimer County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.75 miles long (Drake to Canyon Mouth)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid Transit Rafting, Larimer County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Eben G Fine Park to CU Greenhouse)
Boulder Creek, Boulder County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Blue Bridge to Eben G Fine Park)
 Ski Areas Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Eldora, Colorado , 24 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 35 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 54 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 64 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 68 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 79 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 81 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Marinas Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Carter Lake Marina, Loveland , 10 miles away
Boulder Reservoir Marina, Boulder , 11 miles away
Inlet Bay Marina at Horsetooth, Fort Collins , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Holiday Inn Express BOULDER, Boulder , 10 miles away
Alps Boulder Canyon Inn, Boulder , 12 miles away
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder , 12 miles away
St Julien Hotel And Spa, Boulder , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Boulder-North CO, Boulder , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Meadow Park, Lyons, 4 miles away
CR-47, Lyons, 6 miles away
Lefthand Canyon, Boulder, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
North Sheep Mountain Trail, Boulder , 7 miles away
Bright Trail, Boulder , 9 miles away
Ceran Vrain Trail, Boulder , 9 miles away
Round Mountain Trail, Larimer , 10 miles away
Crosier Mountain Trail, Larimer , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 14 miles away
Eldorado State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado , 20 miles away
Lory State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saint Vrain Creek - North:
Haystack Mountain Golf Course, Longmont , 5 miles away
Access Golf, Boulder , 13 miles away
Haystack Mountain Golf Course & Driving Range, Niwot , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Saint Vrain Creek - North
Beaver Reservoir, Boulder , 14 miles away
Lon Hagler Reservoir, Larimer , 15 miles away
Baseline Reservoir, Boulder , 15 miles away

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