STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-July 5, 2022-The Friends of the Yampa and City of Steamboat Springs will be hosting a river clean up event Saturday, July 9, 2022.
This event is an annual effort that spans many miles of river, typically from Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the Steamboat KOA Campground and engages volunteers to give back to the Yampa River and reminds all of us to respect the Yampa by keeping it clean and trash free.
There will be a total of 15 different stretches of the Yampa River for volunteers to clean up this year, along with several downtown tributaries. In addition, similar clean up events will take place downstream at Yampa River State Park and in Craig with the Northwest Colorado Chapter of the Parrotheads.
The Steamboat event takes place from 9 AM to 12 PM, meeting at Little Toots Park, 55 12th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. Volunteers can check-in on Saturday morning starting at 9:00 AM at Little Toots Park to receive additional instruction and cleaning supplies. At 12 PM, volunteers will return to Little Toots Park for a post clean-up celebration complete with music, free lunch, and cold drinks.
To streamline the check-in process, anyone interested in volunteering is asked to sign up online by 2 PM on Friday, July 8. The online portal allows volunteers to pick which stretch of river they would like to clean and provides basic details and instructions for cleaning each stretch of river. If you are unable to sign up in advance, just swing by Little Toots Park after 9:00 AM to receive an assignment.
If you plan on attending, make sure to wear adequate footwear for walking along the riverbank, thick gloves, and other clothing to match the weather. Expect mosquitoes, so long sleeve shirts and bug spray is recommended. Trash bags and limited pick-up sticks will be provided.
For information and to sign up, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/rivercleanup.
Lindsey Marlow, Friends of the Yampa, 970.367.7044 or email
Jenny Carey, City of Steamboat Springs: 970.871.7014 or email
Emily Hines, City of Steamboat Springs: 970.871.7031 or email