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12th Annual South Platte River All Club Paddle

Submitted by on April 16, 2013 – 4:21 am One Comment

The annual spring kickoff paddling trip on the South Platte River took place this year with two weeks delay on April 6, 2013, due to a winter weather. Typically, this trip is organized on the third Saturday of March. It starts in Evans Riverside Park and goes 9 miles downriver to Kersey or 14 miles to Kuner wuth a lunch break at the second dam portage. Several Colorado paddling clubs participate (Rocky Mountain Canoe Club, Poudre Paddlers Club, Rocky Mountain Sea Kayak Club, High Country River Rafters, and Colorado White Water Association), but no membership is required to paddle.

Kayaks and canoes on South Platte River portaging kayaks and canoes over diversion dam on South Platte River
Kayaks and canoes on South Platte River Kayaks and canoes on South Platte River
lunch break on South Platte River portaging kayaks and canoes on South Platte River

We had a good weather this year with some signs of spring, but pretty low water, ~550 cfs at Kersey. I took the pictures above with my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. They can be licensed for editorial use from my stock photography portfolio

This year I paddled Badfish inflatable SUP in a longer version of this trip to Kuner. It was not a first time of this paddleboard on the South Platte since I started my SUP season in early February this year with upstream and downstream paddling at Kersey.

I had a nice paddling with some problems on several shallow spots. I paddled a couple of miles without the center 10″ fin, but tracking of Badfish was pretty bad. I will try a shorter fin in my next paddling. NRS fins are compatible with Badfish.

Badfish SUP on South Platte River

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  • Robert says:

    Where about’s in Colorado is South Platte River? I would love to go paddling in that area sometime.

    Now that I have more free time, i have to start getting involved in these types of activities with groups of people.