Kayaking the North Fork, South Platte River
Summer flows turns the North Fork of the South Platte River into a frothy wonderland best described as “extremely wet air,” ideal conditions for exciting, world class kayaking adventure that attracts kayakers from as far away as Argentina and beyond. Just a couple of miles downstream from us off highway 285 in Bailey, 20 acre McGraw Park offers kayakers a put-in boat launch. A state registered historic place, McGraw Park offers free parking, picnic area, and pet area maintained by The Park County Historical Society (303-838-7740).
Study the information on-line first, check the flows, learn the hazards and use caution with your experience!
AmericanWhitewater.org describes the Bailey to Pine section as “… one of the finest runs in Colorado .” Click the link for excellent info about running the river.
AllAboutRivers.com offers additional info on access to the North Fork of the South Platte River.
About.com detailed scouting information about major sections of the ten mile long river which include descriptions of dangerous spots and solid advice about running the river safely. Includes info on Super Max, the most challenging section of the river.