River floaters beat the heat

Posted 7/22/19

The metro area hit triple-digit temperatures for the first time this year on July 19, sending many scrambling to hit the river. Dozens of river floaters headed down the South Platte River just …

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River floaters beat the heat

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The metro area hit triple-digit temperatures for the first time this year on July 19, sending many scrambling to hit the river.

Dozens of river floaters headed down the South Platte River just downstream from the C-470 bridge, riding blessedly high flows coming out of Chatfield Reservoir.

The tubing route carries floaters through South Platte Park, an oasis of shady cottonwoods and gentle water.

The cool water was a godsend to Shane Stanton, of Centennial, who skipped out on work a couple hours early to get wet.

“As long as I'm in the water, the heat's not so bad,” Stanton said from his innertube. “I guess I'd better just stay in here until the sun goes down.”

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