Platte River Between Fort Lupton & Platteville, CO.
This stretch of the Platte River is located 30 miles NE of Denver.
This is an easy run and can be done by a beginner. This part of the Platte river is bordered with large sandy banks. The put in at highway 18 is a bit tricky because of a high embankment making it tricky to get down into your canoe or kayak You may want to add a few extra miles to your trip by putting in at highway 52 in Fort Lupton. The take out is easy access. There are rarely other canoers or kayakers on this stretch of river. There are 2 different 3 foot drops that you will probably want to portage around.
Warnings, Tips, & Other Details
This stretch of the Platte is 8.2 miles and will take about 4 1/2 hours to paddle at a relaxed pace when the water is flowing at 250 CFS. If you don't have a second vehicle, or you just want more exercise, you can ride a bike down highway 85 and highway 25 1/2 to the put in. The bike ride from the Highway 66 take out spot in Platteville to the Highway 18 put in in just north of Fort Lupton is an easy ride that will take an 45 minutes at a good pace. The bike ride will be noisy as there is no bike path so you will be riding on the side of the road. There is plenty of space to the "right of the line" so vehicles will not be flying by right next to you. The take out spot is on the left just after the Highway 66 bridge and it's very hard to miss. The CFS must be above 200 to do this run on you will constantly scrape bottom. A CFS of 400-500 is ideal and as long as it's below 700 it's an easy trip. There are 2 different 3 foot drops that you will probably want to portage around. Portage around these drops is not easy.
Where to Park
Deer wading in the Platte River
Platte River running through Platteville, CO