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Posted on: September 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Yampa River Voluntary Closure Lifted

With increased rain over the past week and even some mountain snow over the weekend, stream flows in the Yampa River have risen resulting in the voluntary closure being lifted immediately.  In addition to the Yampa River opening up through town, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area also lifted its restrictions over the weekend. 

Due to low water conditions in the Yampa River, the City of Steamboat Springs implemented closures for all commercial activities on the Yampa River and asked the public to abide by a voluntarily closure to all recreational river use in Steamboat Springs on August 31. 

Since that time, stream flows moved above 100 cfs on the evening of Sept 14 and have hovered between 100 and 90 cfs.  As of September 18, flows registered 88.8 cfs and the weather forecast call for a chance of rain showers Tuesday and again into the coming weekend. 

“The Yampa River is a vital resource in our community,” said Craig Robinson, Trails and Open Space Manager for the City of Steamboat Springs. “Your actions during the closure have gone a long way in ensuring the continued health of the river.  Thank you for respecting the Yampa during this delicate time and helping protect the health of the river.”  

Northwest Colorado Health worked with the city during the closure to delay their annual Rubber Ducky Race.  With the Yampa River opened again, the race has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 23 starting at the 5th Street Bridge at 11am. Additional details on the Ducky Race will be forthcoming from Northwest Colorado Health in the next few days.

“I want to commend Northwest Colorado Health for their leadership and respect for the Yampa River during the closure,” continued Robinson. “They did the right thing for the river and its marine life; and, I urge the community to come out and support the rescheduled Rubber Ducky race this weekend.”

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Craig Robinson, Open Space & Trails Manager, 970-879-4300,
Kelly Romero-Heaney, Water Resources Manager, 970-871-8205, 
Steamboat Springs Service Center, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 970-870-2197
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