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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Jefferson Douglas county, Deckers to confluence with North Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     12 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Denver-Aurora, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Deckers to confluence with North Fork section of South Platte River is 12 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. 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. The Deckers to confluence with North Fork section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Whitewater
rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. When you're paddling down a Front Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an  
overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at South Platte River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the South Manitou Park Trail is always a good adventure, and there are plenty of people from Sedalia here at South Platte River. Life's too short to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Front Range. A good spot in close proximity to South Platte River is Dell Gulch, and a trip to Pike National Forest is a fine idea.

South Platte River, Deckers to confluence with North Fork road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near South Platte River.
 Whitewater Near South Platte River:
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
South Platte River - North Fork, Park/Jefferson County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10.5 miles long (Bailey to Pine)
South Platte River, Park County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Eldora, Colorado , 42 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 52 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 54 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 59 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 62 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 66 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 76 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 83 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near South Platte River:
Bear Creek Lake Park Marina, Morrison , 17 miles away
Chatfield Marina, Littleton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
TownePlace Suites Denver Southwest/Littleton, Littleton , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Denver Littleton, Littleton , 14 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Denver - Littleton, Littleton , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DENVER SW-LITTLETON, Littleton , 14 miles away
Courtyard Denver Southwest/Littleton, Littleton , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Ouzel, Sedalia, 1 miles away
Osprey, Sedalia, 2 miles away
Platte River Campground, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
South Manitou Park Trail, Douglas , 12 miles away
Long Hollow Trail, Douglas , 12 miles away
Missouri Gulch Trail, Douglas , 13 miles away
Rolling Creek Trail, Park , 14 miles away
Rule Creek Trail, Teller , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 24 miles away
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 59 miles away
Pike National Forest, Colorado , 10 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 10 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Arrowhead Golf Club, Littleton , 10 miles away
Golf Club At Ravenna, Littleton , 11 miles away
Deer Creek Golf Club, Littleton , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Wellington Lake, Jefferson , 11 miles away
Hine Lake, Jefferson , 15 miles away

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