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July 6, 2023

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Tubing Ban Rescinded for North Saint Vrain and Saint Vrain Creek

Boulder County, Colo. - Sheriff Curtis Johnson, in consultation with Victoria Simonsen, the Lyons Town Administrator, and the Lyons Fire Protection District Chief Peter Zick, has rescinded the tubing ban for the North Saint Vrain and Saint Vrain Creek effective July 6, 2023, at 12:00 p.m.

The initial closure took effect on June 7, 2023, at 8:00 a.m., due to high water flow in the creeks due to melting snow. The closure encompassed The North Saint Vrain and Saint Vrain Creeks from Apple Valley Road/ County Road 71 (upper Apple Valley Road) to North Foothills Highway including through the Town of Lyons.

Sheriff's deputies will be removing the posted signage announcing the closure.

Even though the water levels have fallen, you should still follow water safety recommendations if you are recreating in or near the water.

Wear proper personal safety equipment:

  • Personal flotation device or life jacket – make sure it is the correct size (snug and fit like a glove, yet allows you to move freely) and has a sufficient rating for the type of activity you are doing
  • Drysuit or wetsuit - when water temperatures are low, as hypothermia can set in quickly
  • Helmet - when taking part in water sports activities in shallow water or area where underwater condition is unknown

If you are taking personal water sport equipment (tube, kayak, etc.), please put your name and contact information on the equipment in the event that you lose it in the water. We can then contact you to ensure you safely exited the water.

Recreate with other people or let other people know where you are going and when you are expected back.


/s/ Emergency Services Supervisor – Kelly Lucy