Clear Creek Closed Today for Tubers (Temporarily)
Golden Police Closing Clear Creek to Tubers
Golden, Colo. — June 12, 2013 — Effective at noon on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, by order of the City of Golden Police Department, waterway activities on Clear Creek will be limited. The boundaries affected by the order extend from Grant Terry Park Bridge, mile marker 270 and eastward along the canyon through the city limits of Golden including Vanover Park.
This order is being taken due to limited resources with our Fire Rescue crews. Golden Fire has a crew at the Black Forest Fire, and a large number of our water rescue crew members with assistance from West Metro Fire Rescue, will be working all day to remove a car and victim out of the creek further up the canyon. Because our resources and those of our mutual aid partners are stretched very thin and water levels are high, we are closing the creek for the day.
Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as “body-surfers” and swimming. Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway.
Kayaks, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris. All of the above users and occupants must have the use of a Type I, Type III or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designated helmet.
These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.