South Platte - 04. Deckers to Confluence with North Fork

South Platte, Colorado, US


04. Deckers to Confluence with North Fork (Chutes)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
codwr-PLACHECO0 150 - 1000 cfs I-III 01h15m 58.1 cfs (too low)

River Description

Ric Alesch, Lakewood, CO
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-03-24 22:40:41


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 24 2018 (120 days ago)
prestonhavill (160119)
Ran this in packrafts at 200. It looked really low from the road but it was fine, could be done
this low in kayaks too with hitting maybe a few more rocks. The previous comment about cables and
"no trespassing" signs is correct, however, the law in Colorado is that you can float through the
river here as long as your feet do not touch the ground, so you can paddle there but not fish.
There are not cables or barbed wire preventing you from floating through here but there are signs.
Due to the popularity of fishing close to Deckers, we decided to start a few miles down. Other than
the chutes, which are awesome and can be scouted from the road, the nicest, most fun section is
actually from about a mile past the chutes to a little past the next bridge. Many options to make
this run longer or shorter, some of the parking lots are free, most are not. A nice, mellow class
II float close to the Front Range, with one short Class III drop in the chutes. Even if you swam
here, you would end up in a calm, flat pool.
April 26 2016 (1001 days ago)
Matthew M BuckleyDetails
Ran this on 4/24/16 @ 220cfs. Lower Runnable. We didn't go up as high as Deckers. We put in about
5miles above the confluence with the N. Fork. Mostly easy class I and II with a couple of II+ drops
and one really cool class III rapid that has a few technical moves and then funnels into a narrow
slot between huge granite domes. Pretty stretch. Would be a great way to lengthen and warm up for a
Waterton Canyon run.
June 24 2007 (4230 days ago)
Steve FlanaganDetails
Don't mess with the first 3.3miles downstream (North) of Deckers Rt.126 bridge (at intersection
beside shops) because there are low bridges and some jerk has put up "No Trespassing" signs with
cables across the river... Beyond that river bridge at 3.3miles, the river is clear & ripe for
paddling. Platte River Rd follows the river & there are many parking areas. You'll see many tubers
floating down the river & fishermen on the banks. At medium water level, this stretch of river has
several fun Cl II-III rapids with fast flatwater in between.