Saint Vrain, North Fork (North Saint Vrain) - Apple Valley



The Apple Valley run is a nice class II-II+ float from the Apple Valley Bridge just West of Lyons on CO-36 to Meadows Park in Lyons.

There are several fun surf waves. The flow is continous and there are quite a few fun rapids and drops, including the man-made drops through town.

Post fall 2013 flood, this run offers up an eye-opening float through the middle of one of the hardest hit areas in the state, including several previously-beautiful houses that were totally washed off of their foundations and/or mangled.  There are also more sharp/blasted rocks and (non-river-wide) strainers than before, so it is not a suitable run for complete beginners. 

One 4 foot drop in the middle section (right before the mini-canyon section and town) has hard-to-avoid piton rock(s) right at the base of the drop--you'll see rooster tails at the base of the drop indicating the rocks--it seemed like staying as far left as possible may be the best option to not take a bit of a hit.


All in all, a very pleasant, fast-flowing after-work float through beautiful country with enough whitewater to keep things interesting and maybe flip an experienced paddler without a solid brace, and several opportunities to surf. This ranks one step easier than Boulder Creek town run, to compare to similarly classed runs in the area.


Peter Holcombe
Class II to II+
Current Flow 185.0 CFS
06-26-2019 08:45

View River Forecast

Recommended Flow Minimum: 200.0
Average: 325.0
Maximum: 1000.0
Typical Season Begins: May
Ends: July
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: Yes
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
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