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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Jefferson county, Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V(V+)     8 miles
  If you're coming from Canon City it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The natural beauty of Jefferson County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This stretch of South Platte
    River is 8 miles long and is a class III-V(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The river
winds through the Front Range and you get great scenery. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. On this  
section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Hankins Trail is pleasant fun; Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the destinations that are good to take a look at close by. Man, is there a load of exciting stuff to do in the Front Range. Take a hike on the Longwater Trail, and Spinney State Park is a fine place. This river has so much to offer. South Platte River is not far at all from Lake George, and Eleven Mile State Park is a good location to pop by.

South Platte River, Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George 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, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 8 miles long (Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George)
South Platte River, Park County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
Arkansas River, Fremont County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Parkdale Launch to Canon City)
Whitewater Outfitter - American Adventure Expeditions, Fremont County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Clear Creek Rafting, Fremont County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Royal Gorge Rafting, Fremont County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River - North Fork, Park/Jefferson County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10.5 miles long (Bailey to Pine)
Arkansas River, Chaffee/Fremont County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 8.7 miles long (Highway Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 51 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 52 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 55 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 58 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 65 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 67 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 68 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
Gold King Mountain Inn, Cripple Creek , 20 miles away
Victor Hotel, Victor , 23 miles away
Country Lodge, Woodland Park , 24 miles away
Eagle Fire Lodge Cabins, Woodland Park , 25 miles away
Pikes Peak Paradise Bed Brea, Woodland Park , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Springer Gulch, -blank-, 1 miles away
Wagon Tongue Campground, Park County, 1 miles away
Cove Campground, -blank-, 3 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
Longwater Trail, Park , 9 miles away
Hankins Trail, Park , 12 miles away
Lake Park Trail, Park , 13 miles away
Phantom Creek Trail, Teller , 15 miles away
Indian Creek Trail, Park , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 11 miles away
Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado , 7 miles away
Spinney State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
Mueller State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 18 miles away
Tarryall Reservoir, Park , 20 miles away

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