The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department are limiting river activities on Clear Creek temporarily. The restrictions apply to Clear Creek within the City of Golden, …
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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department are limiting river activities on Clear Creek temporarily.
The restrictions apply to Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park, and unincorporated Jefferson County.
The restrictions are in effect as of July 1 and will remain in effect until water levels decrease. Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, which is punishable by a fine of $100.
Prohibited activities include swimming and body-surfing, and use of all single-chambered, air-inflated devices such as belly boats and inner tubes.
Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered, professionally-guided rafts and river boards are exempt. However, users and occupants of these devices must be equipped with a Type I, Type III or Type V Coast Guard-approved paddling life jacket and helmet designed for water use.
The restrictions are in place for safety concerns of swift water and water height as snowpack melts in the coming weeks. A press release states that “water flows have consistently measured over 1,200 cubic feet per second (CFS)” and that expert opinion is that when the river reaches 800 CFS, it “becomes more dangerous for most inexperienced swimmers.”
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