Welcome to Colorado Whitewater

Are you just getting started with whitewater kayaking and looking for a great way to start running rivers? Or perhaps you're an experienced paddler who'd like to meet local boaters and give something back to the Colorado whitewater community?

Then come see what we're all about!

****Clear Creek is STILL open to boaters***
Update:  7/7/2020

The City of Golden has issued a shoreline access closure within the city limits.  This means you can still boat (following the restrictions below from 6/4/20), if you put-in/access the creek West/upstream of the city (e.g. Tunnel 1), and take out at Vanover Park - which is downstream of Parfet Park.   Please follow the restrictions and safe social distancing rules.

City of Golden - Protection Order - Read full post....
City of Golden - Clear Creek Access Administrative Order....

***Clear Creek is open to boaters (w/restrictions)***
Update: 6/4/2020
Effective immediately and by order of Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick, and  Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader restrictions regulating waterway activities on Clear Creek have been modified from a full closure to a partial use restriction within the City of Golden and unincorporated Jefferson CountyUnder the partial use restriction, single-chambered, air-inflated devices suchas inner tubes are prohibited; however, vessels, whitewater canoes, or kayaks are now allowed on the creek. Boundaries of the restriction extend from JeffCo’s western border at State Highway 119 eastward along Clear Creek Canyon through the city limits of Golden to Vanover Park.

City of Golden - Read full post.....
Link to Jeffco Sheriff's Facebook Post...

**CW Officially Opposes Jeffco Sheriff's Extension of the Clear Creek Closure**

Link to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook Post

Link to sign American Whitewater's Petition Letter - Opposing Closure Extension

Link to American Whitewater's Covid-19 Guidelines

Clear Creek Closure in Jeffco

Update from Hattie Johnson and Patrick Tooley (5/16/20):
Shortly after the Closure Order went into effect, Colorado Whitewater and American Whitewater-who have a long history of working in close partnership on conservation and access issues-contacted Jefferson County and the Golden Police Department. Our purpose in doing so was not to categorically oppose the Closure Order. Even though we are unaware of any other law enforcement agency entering a similar order specifically to restrict river access, CW and AW recognize the significant health risks COVID-19 poses to the community at large. But both organizations also believe that any such orders should be lawful, narrowly tailored, and of the shortest possible duration.

CW and AW continue to be in regular contact with Jefferson County and Golden officials, and we have proposed modifications to the Closure Order for officials to consider. CW and AW recognize a broad diversity of opinion exists about the Closure Order, but we encourage all members to conduct themselves in a way that reinforces our message to law enforcement: the paddling community looks out for the safety of one another both on and off the river. We will continue to work directly with Jefferson County and Golden officials because we believe they recognize the negative impact the Closure Order has on kayakers and are engaging with us in good faith. We are hopeful the Closure Order will not be extended and will expire by its terms on May 26 (or at least be modified to exclude whitewater kayaks and canoes). Should that not occur, we will revisit our approach. AW has put together a great set of recommendations for boating in this COVID-19 time. We hope all of you stay safe both on and off the river and can get out this weekend to enjoy those Colorado Public lands near your home!

Read Full Document....

A message about the Closure of Clear Creek to Boating

          A number of our members have reached out to us asking about the Jefferson County Sheriff and Golden Police Departments’ closure of Clear Creek.  We have been asked if the Closure Order is legal; why the Closure Order singles out kayakers and other boaters when it does not apply to hikers, bikers, anglers, climbers, and others recreating in Clear Creek Canyon; and finally what Colorado Whitewater’s position is on the Closure Order.

Read Full Document...

CW Daydream 2020 Contest Winners!!

There were many amazing entries for the three categories, but ultimately we can only have one winner for each. These are the top entries based off of judge scoring (runners up will likely be shared periodically for viewers' enjoyment on social media and in newsletters pending their permission). 

PHOTO: "Race to Prom" by Ryan Wiegman

VIDEO: "A Happy Day" by Ry Sherman

WRITTEN: "River Metaphors for Grappling with Reality" by Nicole Harty

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**All in-person CW Events and classes have been cancelled or postponed****
This includes Movie Night, Spring Dinner and Training Camp

Due to the fluid situation with the Covid19 virus, we will be cancelling all events and classes and refunding payments where applicable.  These events may be rescheduled later in the year.

3/29/2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended all enrollment in Colorado Whitewater pool classes as we monitor the situation. Students who have already registered and paid for classes will receive additional communication via email. We do not know, at this time, how the remainder of the pool season will be affected. Training Camp has also been cancelled. Please monitor your email, the Colorado Whitewater Facebook page, and this website for additional details. If you have any questions, please direct them to our Instruction Director. Please understand that responses may be slower than normal as we are an all-volunteer organization.

For additional information on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, please reference the CDC, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and your local health department.

"Fall Clean Up" - Replaces the South Platte Spring Cleanup.  New dates and location!!

CW will participate in the Clear Creek Canyon River Cleanup again!

National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26, 2020
Check back later on the Conservation Page for more information!

American Whitewater's Colorado Policy Pathways 

Here in Colorado, our beautiful, beloved rivers feed our communities, our economies, and our families. We know that smart, collaborative approaches to water policy are the key to protecting and restoring our rivers. Our new report,  Colorado Policy Pathways lays out our vision for our state's future, a future we will build with you, our members. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Upcoming events - On Hold due to COVID19

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