June 25, 2012
The Yampa River, pictured here from a Loudy Simpson Park access point, is flowing at a near-record-low rate according to data from Ron Dellacroce, Park Manager for River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir. The low water levels and high temperatures have prompted Steamboat Springs officials to enact a voluntary closing of the river, and access points in Yampa River State Park may not be far behind.
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Wildfires aren't the only concern caused by this summer's drought and high temperatures. In Steamboat Springs and Routt County, commercial users of the Yampa River have been asked to stay out due to low water levels and rising temperatures. The same measure could soon be implemented along the river further west in Hayden and possibly Craig. Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir, said water levels are nearing record lows at Yampa River State Park access points.