Winter is here in Colorado, but there is still paddling fun to be had! Here’s a list of the CW board members’ favorite winter paddling and paddling-related activities. Add your favorites in the comments.
**Check the schedule (and verify the fee) before you go! Pool schedules change seasonally (and sometimes weekly).
Broomfield Community Center
Saturdays: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Carmody Rec Center, Lakewood
Wednesdays: 7:00–8:15 p.m.
$15, Free for Vets
Centennial Pool, Longmont
Fridays: 7:00–8:30 p.m. (starting 1/13/17)
Cheyenne Mountain Aquatic Center, Colorado Springs
Most Winter Sundays: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Confluence Kayaks, Denver
Pool is open during business hours but call for availability to make sure there is not a class scheduled.
$10 if you bring your gear (otherwise $20)
Golden Community Recreation Center
Fridays: 5:15-7:15 pm
Registration required, $15
Myers Pool, Arvada
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center
CW Instruction, Arvada
Boulder Outdoor Center
Confluence Kayaks, Denver
Renaissance Adventure Guides, Golden
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, Salida
Underwater Connection, Colorado Springs
(Possible) Winter River Runs
Many of these runs are possible (and fun!) at levels below the minimum recommend level.
Arkansas: Pinnacle Rock to Parkdate
Arkansas: Buena Vista Play Park
Arkansas: Pine Creek / The Numbers
Video: Winter Whitewater Kayaking
Arkansas: Royal Gorge
Arkansas: Salida Play Park
Boulder Creek: Between 75th and 95th
Clear Creek: Golden Play Park
Colorado: Moab Daily
Video: A Paddle Down Shoshone on New Years Day 2013
Video: New Years Day on Shoshone 1-1-13
San Juan, Southeast Utah
South Platte: Confluence
South Platte: Waterton Canyon
Video: Winter Lap Waterton Canyon
Mountain Kayak Polo Club, Fort Collins
Western Slope Kayak Water Polo League of Colorado
Confluence Kayaks: Indoor Pool!
Golden River Sports offers free movie nights, a holiday party, gasket repair clinic, and CW members get 15% off!
Mountain Toad Brewing & CannonBall Creek Brewing Company, Golden: Meet up with boater pals for some great brews!
Paddling Movies & Videos
Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Denver and sometimes has paddling films.
Into to Tsanpo Gorge “Venture into this remote corner of Tibet with seven young world-class kayakers as they take on the most feared whitewater river on earth. Known as the "Everest of Rivers," the 18,000-feet-deep Tsangpo Gorge is a raging torrent that drops 9000 feet in 150 miles and is considered the last great adventure prize left on the planet.”
Reel Paddling Film Festival
Rivering: A feature-length film about paddling filmed in New Zealand.
* Photos courtesy of Peter Holcombe, www.Famagogo.com, Instagram: @PeterHolcombe, Facebook: Peter.Holcombe.