While Denver may not be a city known for it’s water sports, there are still a variety of locations for boating and paddle boarding throughout the city. One location in particular that stands out among the rest and is Sloan’s Lake. With views of the mountains and the city this beautiful area is a fantastic location to get out on the water and enjoy a calm piece of nature within the busy city. While already a popular destination for the surrounding Sloans Lake restaurants and nightlife, the lake itself serves as a host to a variety of popular daytime recreational activities.
The Sloans Lake Paddle Boarding Community
Paddle boarding enthusiasts will find the size of the lake and the beauty of the surrounding park make it a prime spot. There are many online groups and Meetups with the purpose of bringing together recreational paddle boarders- there’s even an official Denver Paddle Club. Paddle board rentals are available at Sloan’s Lake as well, offered by the aforementioned Denver Outdoor Adventure Company. While it might not be the most well known hobby, there is still indeed a community alive and well at Sloan’s Lake.
Rules and Regulations
Boating in Denver is only allowed in specific lakes, Sloans being one of them, during certain times of the year. This has to do with the depth of the water and the quality of the water, as is done in order to preserve the ecosystems of the lakes. Usually, this time is between April 1st and November 1st, but it is wise to check Denver Parks and Recreation first for exact dates. Thanks to the consistently temperate climate all year round, expect to enjoy reliable weather during boating season.
It must be noted however that in order to paddle board in Sloan’s Lake, a boating license is required. Thankfully, the license fee for paddle boards is much lower than for other nautical craft, costing only a mere $49 for the entire boating season.
What Is Paddle Boarding?
When it comes to almost any sort of outdoors movement sport, momentum and propulsion are critical factors. Snowboarding relies upon gravity to keep the participant moving, while skateboards rely upon the momentum carried by wheels. and surfing relies on the natural motions of waves. You can’t snowboard without a hill or mountain and you can’t surf without waves.
This means that if you happen to live near an open and calm body of water, such as a lake, the main methods of propulsion you are looking at will come in the form of an engine, such as the case with boating and jet skiing. Paddle boarding is an activity similar to surfboarding which provides a solution to the lack of waves. The paddle boarder either lays flat, sits, or stands on a specially made board and makes use of their arms or a paddle to propel themselves forward. Much like when swimming, the motion of the water being displaced behind the paddle boarder pushes them forward and allows them to pick up speed.
How To Get Started With Paddleboarding
Of course, to get started with paddle boarding, one needs the appropriate equipment. Those already familiar with surfing will have an easier time getting into paddleboarding, as much of the equipment and techniques are the same. While a special type of board is normally used, surfboards can also be used and are a good option for those who already possess the gear.
If you possess neither type of board, a quick journey into the heart of downtown Denver will take you to Denver Outdoor Adventure Company, a local outdoor sporting goods shop notable for having staff with plenty of paddle boarding knowledge. If you let them know you’re new, they’ll help you find the equipment of the right size and type best suited to your goals and preferences.