Tubing banned on St. Vrain River in Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The St. Vrain River were closed to tubing in Boulder County on Saturday for safety because of high, swift water, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The St. Vrain River was flowing at 1,300 cubic feet per second.

The closure encompasses the North and South St. Vrain creeks, and the St. Vrain River from the western Boulder County line through the entire length of the county.

The closure includes inner tubes, single-chamber rafts and single-chamber belly boats.

“There is a specific exemption for kayaks and white water canoes, which are permitted; nonetheless, kayakers are strongly encouraged to exercise caution and wear personal protection equipment including a life jacket,” the sheriff’s office said.

Boulder County Emergency Services can initiate a closure when volume reaches 1,200 CFS.