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Scenic, mellow river close to Denver

South Platte River

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south platte river overview

The upper stretches of the South Platte feature excellent expert kayak runs as well as more family-friendly floats. Fishing and camping are very popular along this section as well. The lower section begins as the South Platte pours from Chatfield Lake and winds its way toward the downtown Denver skyline. A few fun and splashy play parks dot this laid-back urban rafting adventure.

• Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – August

White Water Rafting Trips on the South Platte River:

Trip Lengths: 1/4 & 1/2 Day (Urban Denver)
Outfitter: CityWild
Learn More: www.citywild.org ~ 303.477.7238

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the South Platte River. Information regarding the South Platte River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

south platte river sections

Deckers
Class II-III
Mild section of river, popular with fisherman, features only small, bouncy waves and one large rapid.

Urban Denver
Class II-III
Mild float water offset by a handful of small rapids and whitewater play parks all within the urban setting of Colorado’s largest city, Denver.

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What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter

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Information for South Platte River Self-Guided Boaters:

The South Platte River is in the Pike National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – South Platte Ranger District
    19316 Goddard Ranch Court, Morrison, CO 80465
    www.fs.usda.gov/main/psicc ~ 303.275.5610

Shuttles:
If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

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