Mild and scenic – great for fishing



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deckers overview

The South Platte River as it flows below Cheesman Reservoir past the small town of Deckers takes on a mild and playful character. Float fishing and walk-and-wade fishing are very popular through this section as it features only one large rapid, Chutes Rapid.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Deckers – South Platte River:
At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section.

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 Deckers map

deckers sections

South Platte River – Deckers Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class I-II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6407′ to 6096′
Average Gradient: 19.4′ per mile

Access to Access

Deckers to Bridge Crossing Picnic Ground (Platte River Campground): 4 miles
Bridge Crossing Picnic Ground (Platte River Campground) to Scraggy View Picnic Ground: 4.2 miles
Scraggy View Picnic Ground to Willow Bend Picnic Ground: 1.8 miles
Willow Bend Picnic Ground to Confluence with North Fork: 6 miles
Total Mileage: 16 miles

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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


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 ~ 303.275.5610

At this time, we are not aware of a shuttle service on the South Platte River.
Please contact the South Platte Ranger District for general river information.

South Platte River Deckers map

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