Scenic, mellow river close to Denver
South Platte River
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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)
Learn More: www.citywild.org ~ 303.477.7238
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Parking along the South Plate River is limited to designated parking areas and day use fee areas ($7 cash or check) only.
- US Forest Service – South Platte Ranger District
30403 King’s Valley Dr, Suite 2-115 Conifer, CO 80433
Monday – Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM
www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/sopl ~ 303.275.5610
If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.