It’s been a long, dark winter, leaving many people stir crazy and ready for some summer sunshine. On the plus side, the late storms could make playing on the South Platte River more fun this year, with more water for tubing and fishing.
“The river can be navigated by canoes, kayaks or even innertubes when conditions are prime,” said Skot Latona, South Platte Park supervisor, meaning when the flows are more than 100 cubic feet per second.
“Below that, there’s a lot of dragging bottom, which can be hard on river life, boats, and bottoms,” he said.
Latona noted there’s a project under way that will require boaters to portage around work zones into early summer.
The park itself has five lakes for fishing and all the bullfrogs and crayfish you can carry home.
“Bullfrogs are a non-native species, harvest all you can,” reads the park’s fishing guide.
From the park, it’s easy to access much of the 100-mile South Suburban Parks and Recreation trail system.
“Residents can find the perfect conditions for their trail activities whether they are looking for access to fishing, solitude, photography experiences, opportunities to walk with pets (on leash, of course!) and children, chances to teach children bike safety and trail etiquette, running and skating fitness or full-day long-distance bike rides,” said Latona.
To tour the south-metro area, try the 14-mile Big Dry Creek Trail loop, which connects Englewood, Littleton and Centennial. To see the whole metro region, try the entire 66-mile High Line Canal. It begins on the South Platte upstream from Waterton Canyon and ends at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
South Suburban also invites everyone to trample their trails during summer runs, starting with the High Line Canal run on May 11. The Pancake Stampede is Aug. 11 (yes, there are pancakes). Register for both at www.RunningGuru.com.