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Kayaking & Canoeing Clear Creek Colorado

Put-in:  Lawson
Take-out:  Dumont
Difficulty:  Class IV
Length:  2 miles
Dumont to Idaho Springs
Put-in:  Dumont
Take-out:  City Park
Difficulty:  Class IV- to IV+
Length:  5.5 miles
Chicago Creek to Kermits
Put-in:  Chicago Creek
Take-out:  Kermit's
Difficulty:  Class II, III
Length:  6 miles
Upper Clear Creek (Advanced Canyon)
Put-in:  Junction of Hwy 40 and Hwy 6 (Kermit's Restaurant)
Take-out:  Junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 119
Difficulty:  Class IV
Length:  3.6 miles
Black Rock
Put-in:  Green Bay Rock
Take-out:  Rigor Mortis
Difficulty:  Class V (400-900 cfs)

V+ > 900 cfs
Length:  5.5 miles
Lower Clear Creek
Put-in:  Rigor Mortis Bridge
Take-out:  Tunnel #1 (or Golden)
Difficulty:  Class IV (400-900 cfs)
Length:  5.7 miles
Golden Whitewater Park
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Put-in:  Top of Park
Take-out:  After Library Wave
Difficulty:  Class
Length:  .5 miles


Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River and directly west of Denver, making it the perfect day trip for those living in the area or headed out to the Rocky Mountains. It features steep, narrow and technical rapids that are both challenging and fun, in fact Clear Creek offers more rapids than any other commercially rafted river the in the state. Some of the rafting companies listed here also run beginning sections of Class II rapids on Clear Creek that are perfect for beginners and families.

The river flows through a historic mining valley with classic Colorado scenery. There is an old ghost town across from the put-in, and this area had one of the original strikes of the Front Range gold rush. Prospectors originally called it “Toughcuss” Canyon” for its rugged terrain and turbulent waters.


Most boaters choose to run the section below Missouri Gulch Trailhead with Class V- rapids. This section flows through three narrow gorges with technical drops, which can easily be scouted from the shoreline.