High water forces ban on Clear Creek

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High waters have made conditions too dangerous for water activities. This photo of Clear Creek was taken by viewer Debbie Trujillo.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department limited activities on Clear Creek on Thursday.

The restrictions apply to the creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as portions within Golden, including Vanover Park.

Water activities prohibited 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 still allowed but are encouraged to observe extreme caution because of the safety concerns surrounding swift-moving water and floating debris.

All of the above users 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 could be ticketed and fined up to $100.

The restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. These temporary restrictions will remain in effect until water levels decrease.

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