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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-August 17, 2022-The commercial and voluntary closures on the Yampa River, implemented earlier this month, will be lifted this afternoon for all recreation except angling. CPW and the city will continue the voluntary angling closure to assist aquatic life in additional time to recover from the extreme conditions.
Effective immediately, the Yampa River will be open to tubing, rafting, kayaking, SUPing and all other water recreation except for angling. Commercial tubing operations will be permitted to resume immediately.
Commercial angling will not be allowed at this time while staff continues to consult with CPW on river conditions and aquatic health. Anglers will have to wait a few more days before a possible reopening is considered.
The voluntary fishing closure runs from Chuck Lewis to the western city limits. This continued restriction will allow time for the fishery to recover from the cumulative negative impacts of the high temperatures
Given the recent moisture and favorable forecasts for cooler daytime air and water temperatures, staff believes that water criteria are returning to reasonably stable conditions. Currently, water flows are sitting at 116 cubic feet per second (cfs), and water temperatures have moved below the 75° threshold for the past four days.
That trend, coupled with colder water temperatures, and less recreation demand typically seen this time of year, has led to the reopening of the river for both commercial and recreational use, except for angling.
This was the second time the river closed this summer due to high water temperatures. The river was closed first on July 19 for six days; followed by the recent August 2 closure which lasted 16 days. This is the sixth consecutive summer that the community waterway has seen restrictions in place.
ContactCraig Robinson, Parks, Open Space & Trails Manager, 970.871.7034 or emailJenny Carey, Parks, Open Space & Trails Supervisor, 970.871.7014 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email