Tubing, swimming ban to be lifted on Clear Creek Thursday morning

GOLDEN, Colo. - Authorities say they will lift a ban on tubing, swimming and belly boats on Clear Creek at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department had imposed the restrictions May 30 as a safety precaution after spring runoff unleashed fast-flowing currents on the popular creek. The boundaries affected by the order extended from the county's western border at State Highway 119, and eastward along the canyon through the city limits of Golden to Vanover Park. 

Now that the creek's flow rate has abated some, all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as body surfers and swimmers can hit the water again.

"Although the risk has diminished, it is still at the high end of the average annual rate, and all users are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris," the sheriff's office said in a statement Wednesday.

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