Originally Posted by BuckytheGREAT
Hey - I saw that the class II run on South Platte from Brighton City Park to Fort Lupon is high. I'm not familiar with that run. Could anyone tell me if that is a raftable run or only good for kayaks? I'd be bringing my 13 foot raft with my boys.
Not Really. Its 99.9% C1. There is a drop about a mile below the put-in that maybe gives it a C2, but its just a straigt chute. I have been told that there was a log stuck in the bottom of this drop (from a couple of weeks ago) - prob'ly doable with a canoe or kayak, not sure about a raft (can portage around river right). There is a dam a mile or two? above Ft Lupton - if the flood gates are down, its a portage of maybe 200' on river right thru some woods - not sure I'd want to lug your raft thru there. In normal water flows, there are lots of sweepers hanging out from the banks, and you might have trouble getting past some of them with a raft - and for sure would have trouble if the water is at 300cfm or lower in the skinny channels.
Boulder Outdoor Center and Canoe Colorado both have some writeups on Brighton to Ft Lupton and other sections of the Splatte below Denver.
Lots of Dams on the river.