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Douglas and Jeffco Sheriff’s Offices Restrict South Platte River Usage

Douglas and Jeffco Sheriff’s Offices close South Platte River 

Roads open to local traffic only 

Douglas County, CO. – Out of an abundance of caution, the Jefferson and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices have restricted the use of the South Platte River and the North Fork of the South Platte River from the Jefferson / Park County line to Chatfield Reservoir until further notice. The river is closed to all single-chambered air inflated devices, such as belly boats, inner tubes, and single chambered rafts, “body surfers”, and swimming. Due to recent rains and winter melt/runoff in the high country, the South Platte River water levels are high and continuing to increase.

Exemptions approved under these Temporary Waterway Restrictions:

• Kayaks and white water canoes
• Multi-chambered professional guided rafts
• Multi-chambered river boards

NOTE: All of the above users and occupants must have the following:
Use of a Type 1, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.

(A life jacket is non-serviceable if it is of an improper size, missing legible US Coast Guard approval information, is an improper type for the activity, an after-market alteration has been made, or if the life jacket is ripped, torn, or missing straps or buckles. Horse-collar type life jackets and ski and fishing vests are not acceptable.)

Kayakers and other exempted users are strongly encouraged to observe caution.

Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 33-13-111 (3), the penalty for violating this restriction is a class 2 petty offense and will result in a fine of $100.00.

Road closures in Jefferson County are open to local traffic only and include:

  • West Platte River Road from Buffalo Creek to Foxton Road
  • South West Platte River Road from Foxton Road to West Pine Creek Road
  • South Platte River Road from West Pine Creek Road to Deckers

Road closures in Douglas County are open to local traffic only and include:

  • Hwy 67 @ Deckers
  • Hwy 67 @ Spruce Wood

Law enforcement and emergency personnel are asking people to stay away from shorelines with fast moving water because of the dangers associated with the higher water levels and localized flooding.  Recent emergencies have included people, pets and cars being swept away.

In the event of flooding:

  • Move to higher ground
  • Have a plan in the event of rising water
  • Be aware that roads in the area may close without notice