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Old 05-02-2011   #1
 
Longmont, Colorado
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Kayaking around Longmont

I am new to kayaking and am wondering what are the best rivers around Longmont and Lyons? Thanks

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Old 05-02-2011   #2
 
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Just off the top of my head, you're really close to Lyons Playpark, and not too far from Big Thompson, which looks like it'll get a good season.
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Welcome to the sport.

The nice thing about Longmont is you're a fairly short driving distance to most of the South Platte drainage.

Lyons has the St. Vrain. You'll find some mellow class III adventures on the North Saint vrain as well as a place to master your skills at Blackbear/Arn's/October hole.

You're also close to Clear Creek and the Golden play park.

Most notably, the Poudre Canyon north of Fort Collins has one of the best beginner runs in the state. Filter Plant.

Pick up a copy of "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies" or an old copy of 'Colorado Rivers and Creeks II".
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Btw, me and some friends put in at Lyon's playpark, right across from Blackbear Inn at 50cfs, the other weekend. It's cold, but that first wave was quite surf-worthy, and hole was deep enough for practicing your roll and squirts without any scraping.
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Boulder creek has a playpark that's very beginner friendly.
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