- The Yampa River is located right in town and is great for paddling.
- For more experienced boaters, try Willow Creek.
- Rentals are available for all types of water recreation.
Kayaking and canoeing are an extremely popular activity within the town and surrounding areas of Steamboat Springs due to world-class access to whitewater and bodies of water alike.
Where to Go
There are numerous areas to go in order to enjoy kayaking and canoeing.
Within the town of Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River runs directly adjacent to the downtown area providing class II rapids that are enjoyable for beginners and experts alike.
Also, there are more demanding options available. For example, Willow Creek offers class IV rapids while Cross Mountain Gorge and Fish Creek offer class IV rapids and higher, challenging kayakers and canoe enthusiasts alike.
Regardless of what type of water you are searching for, Steamboat encompasses all. Flat-water paddlers and play boaters rejoice as Steamboat offers options that cater to both novice and expert rapid runners.
Rentals & Fees
There are many outposts and retailers in and around the town of Steamboat Springs that cater towards kayakers and canoers. Rental equipment such as individual kayaks and canoes as well as additional equipment such as helmets and paddles is available for short and long term rentals. Fees are dependent upon equipment and duration.
Hire a Guide
By hiring a kayak/canoe guide, visitors can ensure their utmost safety while engaging in such a sometimes-dangerous yet adrenaline-inducing sport. This is certainly a great option for those looking to invest time and energy in perfecting their skills as well as those looking to see what the sport is all about. This option is also a great way to gain tips and tricks from experts that are very familiar with these nearby waterways.