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Colorado whitewater, South Platte River

Jefferson Douglas county, Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     1 miles
  If you're coming from Denver-Aurora it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. This section of South Platte River in Colorado is 1 miles long
    and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the water flowing gracefully down South Platte River will make you feel great. Great exercise and a chance to spend some
time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around  
here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is a very short section so no need to bring snacks. The beauty of the Front Range is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
You must positively visit Eagle Rock while you're here at South Platte River, and wonderful hiking is available along the Long Hollow Trail. So many cool things in the Front Range, just remarkable. Russell Gulch is close to South Platte River and is without doubt a perfect place to take a look at; you certainly ought to explore Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area since you're here. This river is a great place to visit.

South Platte River, Confluence to Strontia Springs 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, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
South Platte River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Buffalo Creek to South Platte)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Denver County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte)
Bear Creek, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Idledale to Morrison)
South Platte River, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Union Chutes)
Whitewater Outfitter - Down River Equipment Company, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek, Clear Creek County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (mile 267 to Golden)
 Ski Areas Near South Platte River:
Eldora, Colorado , 41 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 , 51 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 53 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 61 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 61 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 68 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 79 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Vail, Colorado , 85 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near South Platte River:
Bear Creek Lake Park Marina, Morrison , 13 miles away
Chatfield Marina, Littleton , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near South Platte River:
TownePlace Suites Denver Southwest/Littleton, Littleton , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Denver Littleton, Littleton , 9 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Denver - Littleton, Littleton , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DENVER SW-LITTLETON, Littleton , 9 miles away
Courtyard Denver Southwest/Littleton, Littleton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Platte River:
Osprey, Sedalia, 4 miles away
Indian Creek, Littleton, 5 miles away
Rampart Range Staging Area, Littleton, 5 miles away
 Trails Near South Platte River:
Long Hollow Trail, Douglas , 14 miles away
South Manitou Park Trail, Douglas , 14 miles away
Missouri Gulch Trail, Douglas , 15 miles away
Rolling Creek Trail, Park , 18 miles away
Rule Creek Trail, Teller , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Platte River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 29 miles away
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 56 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 6 miles away
Chatfield Lake State Recreation Area, Colorado , 9 miles away
Pike National Forest, Colorado , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Platte River:
Arrowhead Golf Club, Littleton , 6 miles away
Golf Club At Ravenna, Littleton , 6 miles away
Deer Creek Golf Club, Littleton , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near South Platte River
Hine Lake, Jefferson , 10 miles away
Soda Lakes, Jefferson , 12 miles away
Cheesman Lake, Jefferson , 13 miles away

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