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Old 08-31-2016   #1
lakewood, Colorado
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Free spots to SUP

Hey all,

I'm new to the this site and SUPing. I am looking for a chill places to float around and practice near Denver/Lakewood or the foothills for free.

I've been checking out the parks and google maps, but I find it a little ridiculous to charge so much to float around in the water with no motor or need for a landing. I even looked into buying a year pass to save money, but every park needs a different pass. I wish they would sell passes by location, not city, county, state and national while mixing them all together within a couple miles.
I've looked at smaller lakes that aren't a part of parks but county rules and regulations say no floating unless a sign specifically says you can.

I've heard there are state parks that only charge to park a vehicle and you can walk into them if you know where to park.

Any pointers?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 08-31-2016   #2
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Flatter sections of the south Platte may be a good free option

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Old 09-01-2016   #3
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Confluence of the Blue and Colorado Rivers. Take out at Pumphouse.

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Confluence of the Blue and Colorado Rivers. Take out at Pumphouse.

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I have not done the Confluence to Pumphouse run in a few weeks but I seem to remember a rapid or two in there. But then maybe my memory is not what it used to be.
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Old 09-11-2016   #5
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Are you looking for flatwater or moving water? If flatwater, waneka lake park is a decent free option, particularly in the north surburbs. If you're looking to surf, check out this site for a listing of options.
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