Clear Creek closure enforced

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Park rangers were enforcing and informing visitors of the tubing and swimming restriction along Clear Creek on Saturday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced the restriction on Thursday, citing dangerous conditions because of high water.

These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the city of Golden, including Vanover Park.

Two people with tubes were seen ready to hop in the water but were stopped short by onlookers who informed them tubing was restricted.

Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes, and single chambered rafts, as well as body surfers and swimming.

Kayaks, paddle boards, whitewater canoes and multichambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution because of the safety concerns surrounding swift-moving water and floating debris.

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

Violators can be issued a summons for a Class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of $100. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until water levels decrease.

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