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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Park county, Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     7.3 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Canon City, as you can see on the road map further down. The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir section of South Platte River in Colorado is 7.3 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section
    by American Whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A
bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir stretch is just one of them. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Front Range scenery is wonderful. The scenic beauty of Park County  
and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Pike National Forest revives the soul; while you're here you can take a hike along the Hankins Trail. So much cool stuff to do here in the Front Range, too great to be true. Everybody loves Eleven Mile State Park; South Platte River is a place with many visitors from Lake George. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. A delightful site to check out right next door to South Platte River is Hackett Gulch, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Longwater Trail.

South Platte River, Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir 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, Park County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 8 miles long (Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
South Platte River - North Fork, Park/Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10.5 miles long (Bailey to Pine)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 48 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 50 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 50 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 51 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 53 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 53 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 59 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 65 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 67 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 74 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
Country Lodge, Woodland Park , 20 miles away
Gold King Mountain Inn, Cripple Creek , 21 miles away
Eagle Fire Lodge Cabins, Woodland Park , 21 miles away
Pikes Peak Paradise Bed Brea, Woodland Park , 21 miles away
Victor Hotel, Victor , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Happy Meadows, Lake George, 3 miles away
Lake George Cabins and RV Park, Lake George, 4 miles away
Eleven Mile, Lake George, 4 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
Longwater Trail, Park , 1 miles away
Hankins Trail, Park , 7 miles away
Lake Park Trail, Park , 9 miles away
Phantom Creek Trail, Teller , 9 miles away
Rolling Creek Trail, Park , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 11 miles away
Pike National Forest, Colorado , 8 miles away
Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado , 14 miles away
Mueller State Park, Colorado , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Shining Mountain Golf Club, Woodland Park , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 10 miles away
Wellington Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away
Tarryall Reservoir, Park , 19 miles away

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