Wed - February 13, 2008

Winter Paddling, Training and Racing on the South Platte River in Northern Colorado



Thunderbolt kayak training on South Platte River

The South Platte River is usually the only open water during winter time in northern Colorado, so I am paddling the river fairly frequently now. Typically, I am paddling upstream and then returning downstream starting at Kersey, Kuner, Evans or Miliken.

In the table below you can find some organized river trips I am aware of. These include two very informal races in March. I will try to post in advance my training runs here. Please, e-mail me if you would like to join me. I may change my plans due to weather or river flow. If I see a good flow I would like to explore the river further downstream towards Fort Morgan.

I don't dress for immersion for winter paddling on the South Platte since the river is pretty shallow in typical flows below 1000 cfs. However, I always carry a change of cloths and some other emergency items. River banks at launching spots or portages may be icy and slippery. It's possible to find a nice warm day for paddling, but air temperature is dropping down amazingly fast at sunset.

date event time & course contact
02/03/2008
Sunday
usptream/downstream
training, 5 + 5 miles
start: ~2pm at Kersey (hwy 37, map)
duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Marek
02/09/2008
Saturday
downriver trip 14 miles Evans Riverside Park to Kuner Eric
CanoeColorado.com
02/09/2008
Saturday
usptream/downstream
training, 5 + 5 miles
start: ~9am at Kersey or Kunner
to meet Eric's group on the river duration: ~ 3 hours
Marek
02/16/2008
Saturday
usptream/downstream
training, ~ 3 hours
start: 2 pm
hwy 60 east of Milliken
1 portage
Marek
02/24/2008
Sunday
usptream/downstream
training, ~ 3 hours
start: 2 pm
hwy 60 east of Milliken
down to Big Thompson River and back
Marek
03/01/2008
Sunday
usptream/downstream
training, 3-4 hours
start: sunrise
hwy 60 east of Milliken
up to St Vrain River and back
Marek
03/16/2008
Sunday
South Platte Upstream
"Rotten Egg Race"
informal race, 9 miles upstream to join a club down river trip
start at sunrise
Kersey to Evans Riverside Park
3-4 hours
Marek
03/16/2008
Sunday
7th Annual South Platte River Joint Spring Paddle Trip
9 or 14 miles, 2 portages
Evans Riverside Park to Kersey or Kuner RMCC
RMSKC
Poudre Paddlers
CanoeColorado
03/30/2008
Sunday
South Platte River Marathon
informal race
31 miles, 5 portages
Wildcat (St Vrain River, 1 mile above confluence with S. Platte) to Kunner Marek
04/20/2008
Sunday
downriver trip 9 miles Brighton to Ft Lupton Eric
CanoeColorado.com

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