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Steamboat River Recreation Restrictions

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Steamboat River Recreation Restrictions

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The closure could be rescinded and the river re-opened should water temperatures fall and flows increase.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.

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Yes... this shutdown starts from Chuck Lewis SWA starting at Hwy 131 all the way to the west end of city limits. Water temps went above 75F 2 days in a row and the river has had very low flows under 100CFS.. Although.... We did get a good drenching yesterday, late afternoon and early evening. We are also expected to get some of this monsoon moisture which will increase flows and drop river temperatures. Could be back open in a day or two. Tough situation for all the commercial tubing companies. Increased water releases from Stage Coach Res could help alleviate this situation. Reservoir is at "full pond".

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