GOLDEN, Colo. — Police are enforcing a ban on tubers and swimmers in Clear Creek because of dangerous water levels and rapid currents.
Law enforcement will be patrolling and could issue tickets that carry a fine for those violating the ban.
“When the water gets high, when the runoff comes down, it swells up the creek and makes the water a lot more pushy,” said Morgan Mason, an instructor with Rocky Mountain Paddle Bord.
Park rangers stopped by the creek on Thursday afternoon to ask people to get out of the water.
“We were really looking forward to going down the river for the first time but it didn’t happen,” said Michelle Lindsey of Arvada.
Lindsey and her daughter could only spend 30 minutes floating down the creek until police told them time was up.
“We spent all this money and all the time going out and buying all this and when we finally get here, we only have limited time to swim. Kind of a bummer,” Alyssa Lindsey said.
Park rangers posted warning messages near the water late Thursday afternoon. The temporary ban means tubers, swimmers and waders must stay out of the water.
Experienced kayakers and paddle boarders are exempt. A 13-year-old boy was rescued from strong currents early Thursday.
Violating the ban could lead to a $100 fine. The current usually slows down in July.