South Platte River at Denver’s Confluence Park. Photo: BeerAndLoathing
Although the South Platte River can be dry and slow, it can be a popular tubing destination when the water’s right. There are a number of sections that people tube and kayak, although the most popular is by downtown Denver.
The river runs north from Littleton beside Santa Fe Drive to downtown Denver at Confluence Park and continues on. The most common section for tubing and kayaking is at Confluence Park, where there are several whitewater features.
If you’re looking for a lazier float you can begin in Littleton and work your way down as far as you wish. However, the condition of the South Platte River varies and can be very slow. It’s best to pick a short section to do, versus some long, epic journey.
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