BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Tubing is banned at the Saint Vrain River in Boulder County effective immediately as the high snow pack in the South Platte River Basin is expected to melt quickly with the forecast calling for high temperatures next week.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, after consulting with Town of Lyons officials and the Lyons Fire Protection District, deemed it in the interest of public safety to enact the ban, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office said in a news release.
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.
There is a specific exemption for kayaks and white-water canoes. Kayakers are encouraged to exercise caution and wear safety equipment, including a life jacket.
As of Friday, the Saint Vrain River was flowing at approximately 1,000 cubic feet per second.
Violators will be charged a $50 fine.