Tubing bans issued for Clear Creek, Boulder Creek and Poudre River

GOLDEN, Colo. - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department banned tubing, swimming and belly boats on Clear Creek Friday morning.

The ban came one day after tubing was banned on Boulder Creek from Barker Dam to the Weld County line and on the Poudre River within the city limits of Fort Collins.

-- Clear Creek ban --

The ban on Clear Creek includes the area where the creek flows through unincorporated Jefferson County, the city of Golden and Vanover Park.

The ban is for all "single-chambered air inflated devices" and swimmers.

Kayaks, whitewater canoes, multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt from the ban.

-- Boulder County ban --

The Boulder County ban issued Thursday is also for tubes and single chamber flotation devices.

The closure stretches to an area north of Erie and includes Boulder Creek, through the City of Boulder. 

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 tubing ban is initiated at 700 CFS.

-- Poudre River ban --

Fort Collins Police banned inner tubes and single-chamber air-inflated devices on the Poudre River through the city limits effective at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Like Golden, the ban does not apply to white water canoes, kayaks, and multi-chambered air-inflated vessels such as those used by commercial rafting companies. 

"The Poudre River is experiencing above average runoff and water levels," Fort Collins officials said in a news release. "This coupled with other circumstances and conditions have led City officials to issue the partial use restriction order.  In consultation with the Poudre Fire Authority, the runoff and water levels are causing significant amounts of debris to flow down the River, creating the likelihood of increased incidents of water recreation accidents and injuries to river users and public safety/rescue personnel."

Officials said these conditions are expected to last several weeks.

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