Recreational restrictions on Clear Creek over runoff safety concerns

Recreational water activities on Clear Creek in Jefferson, including Golden, are temporarily being limited for safety concerns because of high and fast waterflows.

Activities prohibited by order include all single-chambered, air-inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single-chambered rafts, as well as “body-surfers” and swimming, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office news release. The temporary order by the sheriff’s office went into effect Thursday.

Kayaks, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts, river boards, and stand-up paddleboards are exempt but users are encouraged to observe extreme caution because of swift water and floating debris, the release said. All exempted recreationists must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and a water-use helmet.

Golden’s Vanover Park is included in the order, which will be lifted when water levels and flows subside. Violators face a $100 fine and the restriction will be “strictly enforced,” the sheriff’s office said. Water restrictions will remain in effect until water levels subside.


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