Yampa River Opens for Commercial and Recreational Use

Angling Closure Remains In Effect from 2PM to Midnight

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-August 17, 2018-The City of Steamboat Springs has lifted
the restrictions for commercial and recreational use on the Yampa River. However, a voluntary
angling closure will remain in place from 2PM to midnight within the city limits and Chuck Lewis State
Wildlife Area until further notice.
“We’ve been monitoring river conditions along with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife for the past few
weeks,” said Craig Robinson, interim Parks & Recreation Director. “Based on improvements and a
favorable forecast, we are opening the river for commercial and public use of city owned portions of
the river.”
With cooler daytime temperatures and lower night time temperatures along with recent rain events,
the river is experiencing some improvement in aquatic habitat conditions. River temperatures have
remained in the low to mid 70°s during the daytime and dropped into the low 60°s overnight. In
addition, a new water release from the Upper Yampa River Conservancy District has increased river
flows, which are anticipated to improve river conditions for at least for a week or longer.
While the river opens to recreational users, a voluntary angling closure remains in place from 2 pm to
midnight until further notice within city limits and the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area. Commercial
angling companies are required to adhere to the closure on city property and in the Chuck Lewis
“The Yampa River is the community’s number one natural resource,” commented Robinson. “We
want to thank the public and commercial operators for adhering to the closures. Your efforts go a long
way in protecting the aquatic habitat and overall health of the Yampa River.”
City staff will be removing signs from the river corridor this morning. Please keep in mind, river
restrictions could be implemented again should conditions change.


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