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June 20, 2024

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Tubing ban to be rescinded for North Saint Vrain Creek and Saint Vrain Creek

Boulder County, Colo. - Sheriff Curtis Johnson will rescind the tubing ban for the North Saint Vrain Creek and the Saint Vrain Creek effective June 20, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Sheriff's deputies will be removing the posted signage announcing the closure.

The initial closure took effect on June 7, 2024, 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.

Even though the water levels have fallen, please be aware that the water conditions still may not be safe for your skill and comfort level. Always use caution and wear personal safety equipment when recreating in or near bodies of water.

Personal safety equipment includes:

  • 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 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.

The tubing and single-air chamber watercraft restrictions are still in place for Boulder Creek. They will be rescinded when the water levels are at a safer level.


/s/ Carrie Haverfield, Sr. Communications Specialist