Boulder Creek to be closed to swimmers and watercraft during debris cleanup

by CynthiaB on April 22, 2014

Beginning Tuesday, April 22, the City of Boulder (by emergency rule) and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will close Boulder Creek to facilitate the cleanup of sediment and debris left as a result of the September 2013 flood. The closure will remain in effect until the restoration work is completed.

During the closure, there will be no swimming, floating (including inner tubes), canoeing or kayaking in the creek inside city limits, and in Boulder County there will be no floating (including inner tubes), canoeing, or kayaking. Heavy construction equipment is being used to dredge and restore the waterway, and the equipment could be dangerous to swimmers or those using watercraft or other flotation devices.  Hazards left by the flood include tree branches, rocks and concrete blocks with exposed rebar.

In Boulder County, Boulder Creek will be closed from Boulder Falls to the City of Boulder’s western limits. In the City of Boulder, Boulder Creek will be closed from the western city limits through the city to the eastern city limits, located at approximately 75th Street and Jay Road.

The Boulder City Manager has issued an emergency rule that makes it a violation of Boulder Municipal Ordinance 5-5-20 (Unlawful Conduct on Public Property) to swim or use any watercraft in the water while the repair work is being conducted. Police will enforce the rule and may issue citations to people found violating the emergency rule.

It is violation of Colorado Revised Statute to disobey this closure and violators may receive a fine of up to $100.00.

Boulder Fire-Rescue will accept public comment on the emergency rule for 30 days before deciding whether to extend the rule. Comments may be directed to the fire department at 303-441-4178.

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office


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