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Published on June 8th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin

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Try Stand-up Paddleboarding This Summer!!

SUP – stand-up paddle, or stand-up paddle boarding – has recently exploded in popularity. All summer last year, and for a month or so this year so far, I’ve watched people tool around various lakes in and around Denver on what looked like huge surfboards with paddles and longed  to be out there and see the perspective from the middle of the lake. Today,  I gave it a shot for the first time at Big Soda Lake and I am HOOKED.

I’ve always enjoyed surfing so it felt awesome to be on a board in the water. They’re a little more sturdy than a surfboard, so it’s not as hard as you’d think to find your balance (let me add that I have little to zero athletic ability). After about ten or fifteen minutes on my knees paddling towards the middle of the lake, I managed to stand up! After that it’s pretty easy and the best feeling standing up buzzing around the water. However, don’t get to sure of yourself – it’s also easier than you’d think to forget what you’re doing and lose your balance. I fell in the water twice (all good, the water felt great), and getting back on the board would have been a serious challenge if I didn’t have friends there to steady it. I’d recommend wearing stuff you don’t mind getting wet, be it a bathing suit or a tshirt and shorts, your first few times and bringing a change of clothes.

I encourage everyone to give it a try!! I went to Big Soda Lake in Bear Creek Lake Park. There was a $10 vehicle entry fee, then it was $20/hour per board. ID is required.

Here are a few other options for places to SUP in and around Denver:

Aurora Reservoir 
5800 Powhaton Road, Aurora
Cost: $10 vehicle entry fee

More than 800 acres of water surface make the Aurora Reservoir one of the city’s largest (and prettiest) parks. SUP rentals are first-come-first-serve and cost $10 per hour with a $20 deposit. Paddle and life jacket included. You’ll need your driver’s license to rent.

Boulder Reservoir 
5565 N 51st St., Boulder
Cost: $6.25 entry fee per person

The 700-acre Boulder Reservoir is always a hot scene, from the beached-out sunbathers, to the water-skiers, to the triathletes swimming laps. The only thing missing are the dogs (no pooches permitted). SUP rentals go quick on weekends, making it a doubly good idea to go early and avoid the buzz kill afternoon lightening storms. Boards cost $15 per hour, with paddle and life jacket included. Bring an ID to rent.

Horsetooth Reservoir
4200 W County Road 38 E, Fort Collins
Cost: Free

At nearly seven miles long, Horsetooth has plenty of room for recreation, and feels way less crowded than the smaller, busier Boulder Res. It takes a bit longer to get here, but the serenity (and scenery) is worth it. Put in at the Satanka Cove boat ramp on the north end, and paddle counter-clockwise to the first cove for some cliff jumping. Rent from Mountain Whitewater Descents in Fort Collins, where it’s just $35 per paddleboard, per day. Reserve in advance—board rentals at that price sell out every weekend.

Dillon Reservoir
902 E. Main St., Frisco
Cost: Free

With 25 miles of coastline, 3,300 acres of water, and numerous small islands, Dillon Reservoir— also called Lake Dillon—is a paddler’s dream. Surrounded by the 13,000-foot peaks of Breckenridge’s Ten Mile Range, this is the spot for mountain-majestic SUP photos. Dillon Reservoir can get windy as the day progresses, so go in the morning for the most calm. Rent a paddleboard onsite at the Frisco Bay Marina. Cost is $35 for two hours; $40 for three; and $7 for each additional hour.

 

 

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