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Recreational Use of St. Vrain Creek

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Tubing, Kayaking and Non-Motorized Boating

group of tubers in the creekResidents and visitors are welcome and encouraged to pursue recreational water activities along parts of the St. Vrain Creek through Longmont. There is no charge to float along the St. Vrain Creek.

Users must provide their own float devices, such as tubes, kayaks or small non-motorized boats. Users are also encouraged to wear safety equipment, including helmets and personal flotation devices.

St. Vrain Creek Open/Closed Status

Remember that any time you enter the creek, it is at your own risk.

  • The St. Vrain Creek in Longmont is open to all uses from the western City limits (at Airport Road) to Boston Avenue. This includes entering, remaining in, floating or using non-motorized watercraft.
  • The creek is closed to ALL uses between Boston Avenue and Main Street due to construction activity related to the Resilient St. Vrain project. This closure applies to entering, remaining in, floating or using watercraft in this reach.
  • The St. Vrain Creek east of Main Street to 119th Street is open to public use. View the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details on the float course.
  • With the exception of paved trails and pedestrian bridges, the area from Main to Martin Streets both north and south of the St. Vrain Creek remains closed to public access as part of construction on the Dickens Farm Nature Area. (This includes dry land portions such as grassy areas and rocky areas.) For safety, please stay out of designated construction areas and be alert to construction activities.

Getting into the Water

kayaker next to boating takeout sign in creekA new float course (also referred to as a tubing course or kayak course) was created during the creek channel work on the Resilient St. Vrain project. The course is made up of 9 smaller rock fall areas, called drops, that help keep water (and floaters) moving downstream. This course can accommodate tubes, kayaks or small boats (non-motorized only).

Enter the float course at the designated open water access point at Main Street. Exit the course at the designated takeout point east of Martin Street or the designated takeout point at the 119th Street trailhead. The access and takeout points are designated by signs.

The area from Main to Martin Streets both north and south of the St. Vrain Creek remains closed to public access as part of construction on the Dickens Farm Nature Area. For safety, please stay out of designated construction areas.

Click the map below to view a larger version or to download a PDF copy for printing or reference.

Graphic showing Water Access and Takeout Points for tubing kayaking or floating along St Vrain Creek east of Main Street

Outside of Longmont City Limits

Rules and regulations listed on this webpage apply to the St. Vrain Creek within Longmont City Limits (between Airport Road and 119th Street). Longmont does not make nor control the rules outside those areas.

The creek area to the west of Airport Road is regulated by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Contact them at www.BoulderSheriff.org or 303-441-3600.

The creek area to the east of Longmont is regulated by the Weld County Sheriff's Office. Contact them at www.weldsheriff.com or 970-356-4015.

Contact

Have questions about recreational water activities in the St. Vrain Creek that are not answered by this webpage? Contact the PWNR Customer Service Center from 8 am - 5 pm weekdays at 303-651-8416.

To report a non-emergency issue that would require Police or Fire to respond, contact the Public Safety Dispatch non-emergency number at 303-651-8501.

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How long is the float course?

  • Is there a fee for using the float course at Dickens Farm Nature Area?

  • Where can I park while accessing the float course?

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