DENVER, Colorado - Supconnect's Community Assistant, Alex Mauer, takes us on a virtual tour of Confluence Park, his local paddle haunt in downtown Denver.
Words by Alex Mauer
Right in the heart of Denver, Colorado, the Mile High City, you'll find a river paddler's paradise. To get here, you take the 23rd street exit from I-25. There is ample parking between Ocean Journey and REI - this is closest to the river.
"I hope you got a hepatitis shot!" This is a common remark from people when they hear you paddle in the Platte. In all honesty, the water quality has vastly improved over the past 10-20 years. Cleanups are even organized annually to help maintain and increase water quality. I still wouldn't drink it, but it's safe for paddling. I am always trying to raise awareness about keeping the river clean.
Check out this brutal picture I captured - this is what happens when you leave your fishing line tangled in the trees.
This spot is the perfect training ground for all paddlers, from beginners to experts - basically anyone looking to improve their river skills. You can run class 2 and 3 rapids while practicing eddying in and out and fairy from one side of the river to the other. You can also work on your river surfing skills, thanks to a few waves that break on different flows. The best part about this spot is that it runs pretty much year round - not what you'd expect from a place as cold as Colorado.
When playing on the river always make sure to have the right safety gear. You should never be without a helmet, PFD, river shoes, and pads! I have seen countless paddlers tear their shins up on this run. I get all my safety gear from NRS.com, my boards from Glide SUP, and my shoes from Keen Footwear.
If you don't see me playing around feel free to give me a call. I would be stoked to come paddle with you! Drop me a line on the Supconnect Community.