South Platte, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
Confluence Park is the junction of Cherry Creek with the South Platte, about 1/2 way through Denver on the South Platte, right next to REI. There are about five features created specifically for boaters down the river-right side of a low head dam in a 50 yard, Class III rapid. Boat demos are sometimes held here. About 150 yards downstream, the remnants of an old bridge create a wave/hole that at most levels is better than the park upstream. If you go another couple hundred yards, there are a few more artificial rapids that do have some play in them, but are rarely run. For those who do, the South Platte River Trail runs along the river-right bank, and can be used as a walking-shuttle.
Wear good nose plugs for anything on this reach! A couple of waste plants and lots of storm drains empty into the river. (This leads to some folks calling this "Effluence Park" rather than "Confluence Park". Legend has it that if you boat Confluence regularly you never get sick 'cause your immune system is like elite special forces!)
To Get There: Take the 23rd street exit east from 1-25. There is ample parking between Ocean Journey and REI, but only a dozen or so free spots. Other parking spots are available for the creative, there are a couple of different lots downstream on Platte Street(near Confluence Kayaks).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.1||End of Features in Confluence Park||N/A|
|0.2||First Rubble Dam||N/A|
|0.5||Start of Second Series of Features||N/A|
|0.6||End of Second Series||N/A|
|0.8||One more rubble dam.||N/A|
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