Opening Lake Paddling Season in Northern Colorado

Second paddling this week on ice free Beaver Pond in Arapaho Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins. Camera: Canon EOS 40D mounted with my sticky pod (3 suction cup mount) on a bow of Sea Wind canoe.

A Log Jam on the South Platte River

The South Platte River below Denver is quite open and usually obstacles are limited to diversion dams. Occasionally, you may loose a deep water channel and be forced to drag your kayak through shallows.

However, during my last weekend paddling I encountered a real log jam blocking the entire river. I launched my Thunderbolt kayak at Evans Riverside Park and paddled about 5 miles upstream. Weather was great for a paddling workout, but not so good for photography.

I found this log jam just below the mouth of the Big Thomson River. It was no problem to walk around it and it would be possible to paddle there with a little higher water. So, that log jam was more like a attraction on the river than a real obstacle. Log jams on the narrow San Marcos River during Texas Water Safari were completely different story.

South Platte River below Denver - GPS/photo river guide Paddling and Goose Hunting on the South Platte River Paddling and Photographing South Platte River near Milliken Winter Paddling, Training and Racing on the South Platte River in Northern Colorado Old Truck, Young Eagle and the South Platte River Mysteries

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 – New Waterproof Camera with Optical Image Stabilizer

Panasonic is entering a market for compact waterproof cameras represented by popular Pentax Optio W and Olympus Stylus SW series.

Paddling Photography a Year Ago – January/February 2008

A lot of paddling and training on the South Platte River launching at Milliken, Evans, or Kersey. In the end of February, I started my lake paddling season on the Boyd Lake. There was still some floating ice.

160 Lakes and Reservoirs of Colorado

Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs. Fishing and Boating Guide. 2008, 9th edition, paperback, 216 pages, published by Outdoor Books & M This book provides invaluable information for paddlers in Colorado. It is 9th edition and 3rd version I bought. I own also 4th and 7th editions. I have a pretty good knowledge of my local paddling waters, but this book makes me looking at some more distance paddling locations, especially, in the mountain Colorado.

Paddling and Goose Hunting on the South Platte River

Some paddlers are afraid to paddle on the South Platte River during a goose and duck hunting season ...

Winter Paddling in Colorado: the South Platte River Near Kuner

Another afternoon paddling on the South Platte River, this time near Kuner. It was warm, but windy. I packed again my DSLR camera with a tripod into Thundeborlt kayak, but didn't have an opportunity to shoot to many pictures. The light wasn't that great. So, all pictures below come from Pentax Optio W30, except the last one of old cars. I have several favorite "tight places" on the South Platte. One of them is a narrow channel a mile or so upstream of Kuner. The river forms a pretty big island there.

Returning Back to (Paddling) Life

Three weeks after surgery my wrist is not fully operational yet, but I can do almost anything with some movement restrictions. So, yesterday, I started my 2009 paddling season with an easy afternoon workout on the South Platte River near Greeley.

Sisson Nucleus Kayak on Douglas Lake

October 31, 2006. Sisson Nucleus 100 multisport kayak at Douglas Lake in northern

Douglas Lake is a small reservoir north of Fort Collins near Wellington - quiet, rather shallow with sandy shores, no trees, but a nice view of mountains, pelicans, herons, and other birds, carps. It is State Wilderness Area, so you need Colorado Division of Wildlife Habitat Stamp for paddling there.

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There are 4 comments so far

  • Bill Ashworth
    3 years ago

    Marek – what do you know about the condition of the South Platte put-ins/take-outs and river courses traditionally used by the Joint Clubs March event? Poudre and RMCC are organizing for 2015 and looking for information

    Thanks!
    Bill Ashworth
    RMCC

  • Marek Author
    3 years ago

    I haven’t paddled the South Platte this year yet. Last year, I paddled the river around Kuner and Kersey – no significant changes in river character or access after flooding there. I haven’t seen Riverside Park in Evans after re-opening. I may have some updates in the next couple of weeks.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Marek – Great pictures! This canoe stabilizer and platform may help if you have a tripod on your Penobscot.

    http://wingmanoutfitter.com/blog/

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Larry. I go to southwestern Wyoming where my dad lives and saretm fish with sinners and do some fly fishing. Been doing it every year since I was in third grade. Lots of water up there this year so fishing was slow but still fun. Love to pan fry smaller trout or wrap them in tin foil with some butter and garlic and put them on a grill or in the coals of a camp fire for about 30 minutes. Can’t go wrong with either method.RG

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