Fort Collins Police Services issued a partial use restriction prohibiting the operation of single-chamber air-inflated devices on the Cache la Poudre River within city limits until further notice. The restriction begins today, May 29, at 5 p.m. and is in effect until further notice.   

The restriction applies to all air inflated devices that have only one single air compartment, such as inner tubes, air mattresses and small inflatable rafts.  It does not apply to white water canoes, kayaks, and multi-chambered air-inflated vessels such as those used by commercial rafting companies. 

The Poudre River is experiencing above average runoff and water levels.  This coupled with other circumstances and conditions have led City officials to issue the partial use restriction order.  In consultation with the Poudre Fire Authority, the runoff and water levels are causing significant amounts of debris to flow down the River, creating the likelihood of increased incidents of water recreation accidents and injuries to river users and public safety/rescue personnel. 

These conditions are anticipated to extend over several weeks.  The partial use restriction will be reassessed daily and remain in effect until further notice.   

7News reports that officials in Boulder County have also banned tubing on Boulder Creek.