I like the St Vrain play park in Golden. Sure it's low right now, but there is still some play to be found as long as you're not lookin to do loops and cartwheels. I am a class 3 boater and I just started playing this year.... There are 2 nice friendly easy waves in the play park at this level and then downstream the black bear hole is great too... (I know a lot of people will disagree with me on the minimum recommended flows on the st. vrain, but I've run it this low before and had a great time!)
On clear creek there is a REALLY easy little glassy wave just below the putin. It's not a man-made drop, just a little 6" wave that will hold a boat. I like it
For a more difficult wave that is not as difficult of a swim as the play park the library hole on clear creek is nice right now (near the washington st bridge)... you have plenty of time to get to shore before the next drop, and the river is moving slower down there too!
In case no one has told you yet we have a group of beginner-intermediate boaters that paddles together all the time... we have brand new boaters up to people who are comfortable on class 3+ stuff, working on class 4. Some have combat rolls, some don't. the website is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Coloradokayakers/
and there's almost 200 of us right now!!!!!! People from our list plan trips to clear creek play park all the time.
Be ready for a barrage of e-mails in your inbox if you opt for the "individual e-mails" option!!!!
See you on the river!