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Clear skies, Twilight Lake water surface is calm, and the temperature is warm on my face. This is the perfect day to learn how to paddleboard.
Purgatory Metro District Community Park community center address is 49786 Hwy 550 N Durango, CO 81301. We stayed in a rental apartment across the street at Purgatory Ski Resort. Staying across the street made it very simple to access the lake.
Purgatory Metro District Community Park
Purgatory Metro District Community Park is where we found ourselves for the day. There is parking near the community center and on the opposite side of Twilight Lake where the trailhead is located for Purgatory Creek Trail.
At the community center, one will find public restrooms. There is a boat rental station, where you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
There is a walking path around the lake with benches to stop and rest. Maybe you would like to have a picnic. There are many picnic tables to choose from.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
As a beginner to stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, I was excited to get out on the lake and try out our new board. Since the board we have is inflatable and comes in a backpack, it was simple to carry it from the parking lot to the lake. I tell you what… caring backpacks are way easier on my body than trying to lug around duffle bags full of equipment. Hunter carried our dry clothes and camera equipment in the Bomber Mini Pro Backpack. Do you have a dry bag for your gear? We highly recommend one. It is so nice to have dry clothes after a day on the lake.
We found a nice shaded area under large pine trees to set up. Placed our backpacks down and started to get the equipment out. Found the manual pump and got started filling up the board. About 10 to 15 minutes later, the board was ready.
Next was to prep me. I decided to wear my swimsuit and rash guard under my wetsuit, just in case I fell into the water. The temperature outside on this sunny day was in the low 70’s Fahrenheit. However the water temperature was very cold to the touch.
As I placed the SUP board in the water I noticed how clear the water was to the bottom. At the put-in location, the depth was about 1 foot. I was curious how deep the lake was and how far down I would be able to see.
Stand Up Paddle – Seated
I put on my water shoes and life vest and grabbed the paddle to sat down on the board. Yes, I started in the seated position. As I started to paddle I stayed right next to the shore. My nervousness was acting up and I keep talking to myself that it was okay if I fell in because I could easily stand up in 1 foot of water.
Stand Up Paddle – Kneeling
My confidence started to build, so I sat in the kneeling position and paddled out away from the shore but not far. I wanted to make sure I could turn myself around. Hunter was onshore ready to jump in to get me if I got stuck. That paddle was a success. I make a turn and make it back to land.
Stand Up Paddle – Standing
The board felt very stable and I was getting excited to try standing. As I was right next to the shore, I stood up and I stayed standing. There was a little bit of a body wobble and then I was fine. The paddle and I started to work together. Next, I found myself about 20 feet away from shore and able to maneuver the board in a purposeful direction. I looked down and the water was just as clear as it was next to the shore. There were no signs to let me know how deep the lake was but I trust that it was deeper than 5 feet.
This lake was great to learn how to SUP board on because there are no motorized boats allowed and the water was very calm. I did not have to fight any waves, it was like being on flat glass.
As I continued to paddle around, I was able to look up at the Rocky Mountains, feel the sun on my face, and feel amazing. I saw fish swimming below me and I smiled. This is how people get addicted to paddleboarding.
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding at Twilight Lake in Colorado
Have you ever paddle boarded? If not, would you try it?