Clear Creek activities ban modified to allow kayaks, canoes

Tubing to remain banned through June 25

Staff report
Posted 6/4/20

Kayakers and canoers can now resume engaging in those activities on Clear Creek in Golden, although some activities like tubing are still banned. On June 4, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and …

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Clear Creek activities ban modified to allow kayaks, canoes

Tubing to remain banned through June 25

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Kayakers and canoers can now resume engaging in those activities on Clear Creek in Golden, although some activities like tubing are still banned.

On June 4, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick announced that they modifying their order that has closed the waters of Clear Creek to all recreation activities since April 9.

The order is now a partial use restriction that still bans the use of single-chambered, air-inflated devices such as inner tubes but allows the use of whitewater canoes, kayaks and vessels.

According to a press release, the modification was made in part because Jefferson County is now under the governor's “safer-at-home-and-in-the-vast-great-outdoors” order. That order, which was signed into law on June 1, that encourages people to enjoy outdoor activities while observing social distance as they continue to avoid riskier indoor gatherings.

The press release also states that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has made arrangements with other response agencies, including West Metro Fire, Arvada Fire and Alpine Search and Rescue to ensure there are sufficient public safety resources available to assist Golden Fire with rescues if necessary.

The release also notes that those who choose to engage in one of the approved recreational activities should wear a mask and follow social distancing requirements.

The restriction covers the creek from Jeffco's western border at State Highway 101 eastward to Golden's Vanover Park. The restriction will be in effect through June 25, but can be extended or repealed before then. Violators of the restriction can be fined $100.

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