|Tubing, Kayaking, Rafting, and River boarding on Boulder Creek
|About: Considered the crown jewel in Longmont’s trail system, the St. Vrain Greenway links numerous parks and runs five miles along St. Vrain Creek. It is part of the Front Range Trail – a regional that future plans have running from Wyoming to New Mexico. Existing trailheads can be found at Golden Ponds, Rogers Grove, Boulder County Fairgrounds, Izaak Walton Pond, the sundial area at South Pratt Parkway, at First Avenue near the Fire Training Center and the western end of the Harvest Junction North commercial development.
Access:Be sure to check the flow before attempting. The St. Vrain is sometimes diverted upstream of the greenway for agricultural use. Easy. A path parallels the river the entire way. Existing trailheads and river access can be found at Golden Ponds, Rogers Grove, Boulder County Fairgrounds, Izaak Walton Pond, the sundial area at South Pratt Parkway, at First Avenue near the Fire Training Center and the western end of the Harvest Junction North commercial development.
40cfs to 400cfs is a good flow for tubing the Saint Vrain River in Longmont, Co.
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 for the months May, June, and maybe July. Weather and snow pack are different every year, so there is no guarantee. You don’t need much water to float the St. Vrain in longmont. Sometimes the river is almost completely diverted upstream of Longmont for agricultural purposes. Check the flow every time you go, so you don’t show up and not have water.
Difficulty: 40 – 400 cfs: easy to moderate. 400+ – flat but fast. advanced tubers only.
Kids?: Yes. lifejackets and swimming ability are necessary.
Transportation: The Saint Vrain Greenway is about 25 minutes from our shop in Boulder. We do not provide transportation.
Closures: Please obey any and all closures of the river. They are placed for a reason.
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