Public Asked To Limit Recreation On The Yampa

Due to low water conditions in the Yampa River, the City of Steamboat has implemented closures for all commercial tubing activities on the river, and is asking the public to limit all recreational use at this time. Average flows for the Yampa  River during late August range from 120-130 cubic feet per second, but as of Sunday, flows had dropped below 80 cubic feet per second. City officials anticipate that the flow rate will continue to fall over the coming weeks. Low stream flows can lead to warm water temperatures and low dissolved oxygen levels, two conditions that are unfavorable for aquatic life and stream health. Due to the conditions, all commercial tubing companies have suspended operations until river flows increase to acceptable levels. All river users including tubers, swimmers and anglers are advised to limit their use and be mindful of their impacts to the Yampa River during this period. It is best to avoid river recreation during low stream flows. Notices will be posted at popular river access points that request everyone cooperate in protecting the Yampa, by staying out of the river until water levels rise.

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