Portions Of Arkansas River Closed To Swimming, Tubing

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Portions of the Arkansas River in Pueblo County are now closed to tubing and swimming following the death of a 23-year-old tuber.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office announced the new limits for the river between Runyon Lake and the county line Monday. The Colorado State Parks and Wildlife Office previously closed a 1-mile stretch of the river following the death of the Parker man on Sunday.

The sheriff's office says water below the Pueblo Dam is flowing at three times the average rate. Anyone who violates the ban will face a mandatory court appearance.

In the Denver area, releases from Chatfield Dam were being slowed Tuesday morning to temporarily drop the level of the South Platte River through the city. Another tuber apparently drowned in the river in Sheridan over the weekend.