Rafting & Kayaking
Many whitewater enthusiasts have discovered that Clear Creek is an exciting place to raft and kayak, but don’t be deceived by the pristine beauty of this extremely steep, narrow and technical mountain stream. The power of its current as it flows from the Continental Divide west of Denver, over boulders hidden beneath the surface and around chunks of granite jutting dangerously up from the churning waters, should NOT be discounted.
Rely on the experts who know these waters, such as the Colorado Whitewater Association, an all-volunteer organization that promotes the sport of whitewater kayaking in the Rocky Mountain Region. They inform the public about river access, conservation, and other general issues concerning rivers and wilderness. They also “introduce new kayakers to whitewater, teach paddling technique, promote and teach whitewater safety, and support racing and freestyle kayak competitions.”
Commercial outfitters are also a great resource. They provide summer half-day and full-day runs for everyone from beginners to experts. You might want to contact the Colorado River Outfitters Association to receive up-to-date information so that you can safely enjoy the challenging waters of Clear Creek. This member organization can guide you toward an exciting and safe canyon adventure.