To protect the health of the Yampa River ecosystem, the city of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have implemented a closure of the river from Steamboat to the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife area.
On Monday, the city announced a voluntary closure for all recreational river use. In a news release, the city asked that tubers, paddleboarders, swimmers and anglers avoid river recreation. Commercial tubing outfitters have also suspended operations.
The closure could be rescinded and the river re-opened should water temperatures fall and flows increase. If the river does not re-open, commercial tubing season will have lasted less than a month this year.