BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — In the interest of public safety, Boulder County deputies, town administrators and fire officials have banned tubing from the Saint Vrain River.
On Saturday, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, Lyons town administrator Victoria Simonsen and Lyons Fire Chief J.J. Hoffman announced that the Saint Vrain River would be closed to tubing and single-chamber floatation devices effective immediately.
The closure will encompass the river from the western county line through the entire length of Boulder County, said officials.
Deputies posted notices Saturday along the river, advising visitors of the closure.
The closure includes single-chamber rafts, single-chamber belly floats and inner tubes, but exempts kayaks and white water canoes, stated a release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies stressed the importance of adhering to the closure, and said violations are considered a class two petty offense, which results in a $50 fine.
With heavy rains and spring runoff, officials have advised residents to stay out of creeks and rivers.