Caution: Clear Creek is a
natural feature and is not staffed with lifeguards, so use
it at your own risk
Clear Creek is the historic heart of the
Golden community. In 1859, gold was discovered in Clear
Creek. Prospectors knew that if they followed the
stream up into the mountains, they would find larger gold
deposits. Golden soon became a staging place for
prospectors to stock up on food and equipment before
venturing into the mountains.
Today, Clear Creek remains a central element
in the life of our town, providing us with both drinking
water and recreation. Most community events take place near
the Creek, and the Clear Creek Whitewater Park is a popular
spot for kayaking and tubing.
The Clear Creek Whitewater Park is located
at the north end of Golden's Historic Downtown. Several
years ago, the City "groomed" Clear Creek for a kayak slalom
course. They rearranged the rocks and boulders on the stream
bed to make chutes. Kayakers dominate the traffic in the
spring and early summer months, when the water is high from
mountain snowmelt. In late summer and fall, when the water
level is lower and calmer, people bring inner tubes to float
down the creek.
The kayak park extends for about a quarter
of a mile and includes sections for various levels of
experience. It offers fast eddies, surf waves, and wave
drops. There are no fees for using the course, which is
How to Get Kayaking Lessons
Renaissance Guides provides kayaking lessons in Clear Creek.
They provide the gear. Contact them at 303-988-2943 or
The section of Clear Creek thatís west of
the Whitewater Park offers good trout habitat and is popular
with local fly fishing fans.
Sports rents kayaking and fly fishing equipment. They
also sell inner tubes and they give fly fishing lessons.
806 Washington Ave., 303-215-9386
When panning for gold, select a spot where
the water is shallow and make sure it's flowing slowly
enough that it won't wash the water out of your pan. Try it
with a metal pie tin, or check
for more sophisticated equipment: 802 Washington
The pathways along Clear Creek provide the
most popular trail in the City. The walk includes four
parks, plus access to the Golden Visitors Center, the Golden
Library, and the Golden Community Center. It is half a
block from the downtown shopping district, so food and drink
are readily available. Take the
Clear Creek Walking Tour
to fully appreciate all that this trail has to offer.