Jeffco cops came hauling ass up to the dam takeout spot on clear creek last night as we were getting off the river. Apparently some lady called up 911 or local dispact to report "some assholes are kayaking on clear creek and the creek is closed". Officer verified that A-hole was the term used and that the lady was really angry. Officer wanted to write us tickets for kayaking and was grilling us on whether we knew the rules of the creek closure. We informed him that law enforecment typically can ban single chamber inflatables (ie tubes and walmart rafts), but not kayaks at high water, and that this has already been figured out. The officer did not personally understand the difference between single chamber ban and kayaks until we explained, and he had to radio in to HQ to confirm. After confirming that we were good to go, the officer was nice and friendly and went on his way.
Lesson here... that many already know... if that if the PO PO shows up, know your rights and stand up for them in a personable and non-confrontational manner.
Clear creek is brown and muddy and running huge. Love it! Be safe out there...