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Dangers Rise: Clear Creek water activities restricted amid safety fears

Jun 5, 2024, 9:44 AM | Updated: 9:46 am

Dangers Rise: Clear Creek water activities restricted amid safety fears....

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Dangers Rise: Clear Creek water activities restricted amid safety fears.

Starting today, Wednesday, June 5th, restrictions for water activities along Clear Creek in Golden and Jefferson County have been put into effect. These temporary restrictions apply from the western boundary of unincorporated Jefferson County to the eastern limits of the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.

The following activities are prohibited under the order:

  • All single-chambered air-inflated devices such as belly boats
  • Inner tubes and single-chambered rafts
  • Body surfing and swimming.

However, kayaks, whitewater canoes, multi-chambered professionally guided rafts, and river boards are exempt from these restrictions. It is important to note that even though these activities are allowed, everyone is strongly advised to exercise extreme caution due to the swift-moving water and floating debris.

If you are participating in any of the exempted activities, it is mandatory to wear a Coast Guard-approved flotation vest and a helmet specifically designed for water use. The sheriff’s office implemented these restrictions due to safety concerns such as water temperature, rocks in the water, and the expected rise in water levels as the heavy snowpack continues to melt in the coming days.

Stay safe and enjoy your water activities responsibly!

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