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Biking and Packrafting – A Selfsupported Classic Run on the South Platte River near Greeley

Submitted by on May 24, 2011 – 9:12 pm One Comment

In my last visit to the South Platte River I used Alpacka Yukon packraft combined with inline skating between Kersey and Kuner. The river has a good flow again after heavy rains, so I did another packrafting trip (May 22, 2011) – a classic run from Evans to Kersey. This time I used my mountain bike for a shuttle.

South Platte River from Evans to Kersey with a shuttle course

Biking leg

9.11 miles from Kersey bridge to Evans Riverside Park, 50 minutes. It was a typical car shuttle route. The road from the river bridge to Kersey is narrow and with high traffic, the highway 34 is also very busy but has a wide shoulder lane, the rest of the course had almost no traffic. The folded packraft traveled on bike racks and all other stuff including my big camera and tripod went to backpack. It got quite heavy!


10:17 minutes. Inflating the Alpacka Yukon packraft. I left my bike at Evans.

Paddling leg

9.13 miles downriver to Kersey, 2:30 hours with a long photography stop at the first dam. Cruising speed: 5.5-6 mph with the river flow ~2200 cfs. I could easily float over the first dam. The second portage was more difficult because of dense weeds.


Eagles are gone, now it is a pelican time on the South Platte in addition to resident geese and ducks. Beavers were very noisy and had a good time in a small pond next to the Kersey bridge.

The pictures below were shot with Pentax Optio W30 camera.

Alpacka packraft on South Platte River

diversion dam on  on South Platte River

Alpacka packraft on South Platte River

Plumb Ditch diversion dam on South Platte River

Alpacka packraft on South Platte River

Related posts:
Inline Skating and Packrafting – Road and River Test on the South Platte
Speed Test of Alpacka Yukon Packraft
South Platte River below Denver, Colorado – GPS/photo river guide

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  • Mark says:

    Nice, lets turn it into a mini adventure race or multi sport race. With St. Vrain running high in Longmont I took my old shcool white water up stream, big work out and close to home.

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