The most popular SUP destination in the metro Denver area has to be Big Soda Lake in Bear Creek Park. Located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Morrison Road and 470, this small lake is conveniently located near downtown Morrison and the famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Off limits to power boats the lake has long been a favorite for kayakers, fishermen, and sailboarders. Although it was just few years ago that standup paddlers began to appear on the lake, SUPs now dominate the water.
Popular for use by local SUP meet up groups, and often the location for SUP races, Soda Lakes is an easily accessible location for paddlers living in Denver or the sprawling western suburbs. There are launching spots on both sides of the rental concession which also houses two bathrooms. There is a larger grass field with a small rocky beach on the east side and a smaller sandy beach on the westside that also features a couple of picnic pavilions with tables and grills. The vibe at Soda Lake is very friendly with SUP’ers often gathering to share their knowledge, and try each others boards and paddles. Whether you are looking for a great place to get your feet wet, or trying to connect with the Denver SUP community, this is a great place to go.
Clear Creek White Water Park
Dedicated in 1998, the Clear Creek Whitewater Park is one of Golden’s most unique recreational attractions. Built for recreational canoeing and kayaking, the course is one quarter of a mile of adventurous, splashing fun!
This innovative recreational experience is divided into sections. The course is 800 feet in length, built with natural boulders and divided into sections. The top is a series of drops and pools of different experience levels and has some fast eddies. The middle portion consists of flat, broad, shallow surf waves with huge random boulders – a prime workplace for gates. The bottom section entertains paddlers with more extreme surf and wave drops.
The class of this course will require paddlers proficient on fast moving, cold water, particularly during high flow season. There are no fees for drop-in usage and the course is unsupervised. Parking is located at Lions Park, the ball fields and adjacent areas. Vanover Park is also available for parking and provides a take-out site for those continuing downstream after maneuvering the course.
Mountain Toad Brewing
Mountain Toad Brewing is a small microbrewery specializing in handcrafted, creative beers. Our focus is on providing a place for the community to gather and unwind. The taproom offers a quaint and comfortable atmosphere for locals and visitors alike to grab a pint and make a new friend. Good vibes and high fives are always on tap.
Our building at the corner of 9th and Washington in historic downtown Golden, was an old machine shop that we have restored and transformed into a small brewhouse and taproom, with a beer garden in the adjacent yard. The building offers the elements of historic Golden charm and modern renewal, which has set the foundation for the brewery’s character.