|Tubing, Kayaking, Rafting, and River boarding on Boulder Creek
|Access: Easy. A bike path parallels the creek the entire way. You can get in and out anywhere along that path. There are numerous cross streets where you can find parking. You can start as high as Eben G. Fine park and float to the east side of town at 55th street. Use caution anytime you are on the creek. Conditions change daily. Don’t tube upstream of Eben G. Fine whitewater park. Steep, rocky, class V rapids exist. That’s where people get hurt.Flow Range:40cfs to 100cfs is a good mellow to moderate level for tubing in the Eben G. Fine whitewater park.
100-200cfs is a great level for tubing from Eben G. Fine all the way through town.
200-300cfs is great for floating from 6th street down to 30th or from 55th to 75th. The Whitewater Park gets pretty stompy, and getting flipped off the tube is almost guaranteed, unless you are a professional tuber like Rolf Kelly or Sean Lee.
300-700cfs: Whoa! Tubing is great from our shop down to 30th. You better be a good swimmer and wearing a lifejacket in this flow range.Water Temperature:During May and June the water is typically pretty cold. When the water is over 300 cfs, it’s usually in peak snow melt time. That means, you guessed it, cold water. We rent wetsuits. The water usually starts warming up when the snowmelt is winding down.When is it running?: Usually floatable from April through August. Weather and snow pack are different every year, so there is no guarantee. You don’t need much water to float in Eben G. Fine whitewater park. The whitewater park has man made features that help channelize and pool up the water, making it fun even at very low water.
Difficulty: <200cfs = easy ; >200cfs = intermediate/advanced >300cfs = advanced
Kids?: Over 13 and good swimmers are okay. Younger kids are okay at lower water levels. Good swimming ability and lifejackets and helmets are a must.
Transportation: We don’t offer a shuttle service. Our shop is only a 3 minute walk to the creek, where it flows under Broadway. It’s a pretty short walk up the bike path to the top of Eben G. Fine park. When the water is higher, starting at Broadway and floating to 30th is the best option. We also have straps for sale that you can use to strap the tubes to your car. Most days during the tubing season, parking is available at Boulder High school, which is adjacent to the creek, and only one block from our shop.
Closures: When the creek surpasses 700cfs, the Sheriff’s department closes the creek to tubers. Please obey these closures. They are made for a good reason. If Boulder Creek is closed, the Saint Vrain in Lyons may be a great alternative.
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