St. Vrain River Canoe Day Trips

Join us on a leisurely float amongst the cottonwoods, in silence and awe of the diversity of wildlife.  You will have space to relax and find your connection with the river as you guide your canoe down the St. Vrain east of Longmont.

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Daily April-October
Half day: 9-2pm, 4 miles, $89 per person
Full day: 9-4pm, 8 miles, $109 per person
Group rate 6+: $10 off per person
usually 6-12 people, up to 27 max.
Class 1 with fast moving water in places.
Ages 5 and up

“May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness
So that our minds
Might be baptized
In the name of the wind
And light and the rain.”

— John O’Donahue

Just east of Longmont, there is a hidden wild place among the willows and cottonwoods on the St. Vrain river.  Here, you will join the wood ducks, bald eagles, and herons on a journey down a river that feels much wilder than the farmlands among which it flows.  You will have a moment to slow down, your paddle slipping into the water silently as you listen to a cacophony of birds. You might see a mink, deer, or coyote watching you from the shores. You might see bald eagles and pelicans soaring overhead, as you picnic along the banks and float down the river, feet on the surface of the water, allowing the river’s gentle current to take you downstream, enveloping you in its cool escape from the summer’s heat.

This is a river journey like no other. It is slow. Contemplative. Beautiful.  You will have enough excitement to keep you on your toes, with lots of laughter, play, and time to skip stones and swim in the current.  This trip is perfect for all ages and abilities, and for all of us who love the silence and beauty of the wild places in our beautiful state.

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Common Wildlife Seen On A Canoe Day Trip

Throughout your canoe day trip on the Meanders stretch you will see cliff swallow colonies, red-tailed hawk nests, and american mink. Choose the Kurtz Ranch canoe day trip and you will see a bald eagle’s nest and a great blue heron rookery. On either trip, you will become more familiar with the following species as well:

  • Great Horned Owls
  • American White Pelican
  • Snapping Turtles
  • Many songbirds, e.g. Western Tanagers
  • Beavers
  • Muskrats
  • Killdeer
  • Cliff and Bank Swallows
  • Kingfishers