Tubing banned on a section of the Cache la Poudre River and much of Boulder Creek

Rivers flowing at above-average levels

BOULDER, Colo. - Tubing is being banned on Boulder Creek and part of the Poudre River, effective immediately.

Boulder County officials announced the ban Thursday afternoon saying that, "in the interest of public safety, Boulder Creek will be closed to tubing and single chamber flotation devices for the immediate future."

The closure is from Barker Dam east of Nederland to the Weld County line, north of Erie. It includes Boulder Creek, through the City of Boulder. 

Violating the ban can result in a $50 ticket.

On Thursday, officials said Boulder Creek was flowing at 723 and 800 cubic feet per second (CFS). It normally flows at a rate between 100 and 300 CFS.  Typically the ban of single chamber flotation devices (inner tubes) is initiated at 700 CFS.

Shortly after the announcement from Boulder, Fort Collins Police followed suit and announced the same restriction on the Cache la Poudre River within the City limits of Fort Collins. That ban begins at 5pm Thursday and will remain "until further notice."

Kayaks and white water canoes are exempted from the bans, but officials said kayakers are strongly encouraged to observe caution. 

Like Boulder Creek, the Poudre River is experiencing above average runoff and water levels. The water level is also sending significant amounts of debris down the river, making recreation more dangerous.

The Boulder Sheriff and the Town of Lyons also expect to close the St. Vrain River this weekend, as it is currently running at approximately 1043 CFS. Emergency Services will initiate a closure at 1200 CFS. 

The Sheriff's Office said it does not anticipate closing South Boulder Creek. it is running at approximately 315 CFS through Eldorado Springs, officials said.

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