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Tubing ban once again enacted on St. Vrain River in Boulder County

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Jun 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-10 16:50:13-04

LYONS, Colo. – A tubing ban is again in effect for the St. Vrain River, according to Boulder County Sheriff’s Office authorities.

This means the Saint Vrain Creeks and River will be closed to tubing and single chamber flotation devices in the interest of public safety until conditions improve.

The closure will encompass the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks and the Saint Vrain River from the western county line through the entire length of Boulder County.

“The South Platte River Basin high snowpack, which also has high water content, is expected to melt quickly with the current high temperatures and cause the creeks and river to continue to rise and exceed the Cubic Feet per Second (CFS) threshold needed for a tubing ban,” said sheriff’s office spokesperson Carrie Haverfield.

The closure includes watercraft such as single chamber rafts, single chamber belly boats, and inner tubes from floating in the creek, according to Haverfield. There is a specific exemption for kayaks and white water canoes, but kayakers are encouraged to exercise caution and wear safety equipment, including a life jacket.

Violators will be charged a $50 fine. 

The ban went first into effect on May 27.