South Platte River below Denver, Colorado

GPS/photo river guide by Marek Uliasz (Wayfarer)

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river waypoints

river mileage between major access points

Brighton Ft Lupton Wildcat Milliken Evans Kersey Kuner Hardin Masters
Brighton 9.5

Ft Lupton 9.5

6.9 16.9 26.0 31.5 37.2 48.9
10.0 19.1 24.6 30.3 42.0
Evans 16.9 10.0
9.1 14.6 20.3 32.0
Kersey 26.0 19.1 9.1
5.5 11.2 23.0
Kuner 31.5 24.6 14.6 5.5 5.7 17.4
Hardin 31.5 24.6 14.6 5.5 5.7
Masters 48.9 42.0 32.0 23.0 17.4 11.7

This map and paddling guide covers now almost 50 miles of the South Platte in northern Colorado from Wildcat on the St Vrain River (1.2 mile above confluence with the South Platte) to Masters and a short section from Brighton to Fort Lupton. It is all easy class I river suitable for beginners, which can also be paddled upstream by stronger or motivated paddlers.

I am providing information about river mileage, access points and dam portages together with some pictures and links to trip reports and flow data. All distances are measured during my paddling trips and workouts by GPS, but are nevertheless approximate. The river is changing all time and, also, your course differs from run to run. My GPS readings for upstream paddling are always a little longer than for the same segment paddled down the river.

I am going to extend the guide to the river segments above Fort Lupton and below Masters down to the Cooper Bridge below Fort Morgan. Canoe Colorado covers the class II and II+ from segments of the South Platte in Denver (C470 to Florida Avenue). Boulder Outdoor Center also provides description of two river segments below Denver: Highway 76 Commerce City to Brighton and Brighton to Fort Lupton.

I would appreciate any comments and suggestions to the South Platte guide as well as to this particular format of presenting the river description. What other information would you like to see? Please keep in mind that the river is constantly changing. Contact:

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