Dolores River

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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about recent fish surveys done in the lower Dolores River, what has been learned about the health of the fish population there, and how his studies could influence river management in the future.

Jane Dally

Local boaters, don’t put away your kayaks and inflatable rafts just yet.

 


Dolores River Boating Advocates

The lower Dolores River saw the first recreational boating release in over five years last weekend, allowing many local boaters their first chance to float this scenic stretch of the river. In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with local boater Megan Tallmadge and her children about their recent experiences boating the lower Dolores River.

Gail Binkly

It’s time to get off the Dolores River if you’re below McPhee Dam and upstream from the confluence with the San Miguel River.

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With McPhee Reservoir rising about a half-foot a day, reservoir managers are planning a "boating spill" starting Thursday or Friday, June 5th or 6th.

Dolores River Boating Advocates

Boaters can now mark their calendars for the first weekend in June to take a trip down the Lower Dolores River.

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The on-again, off-again boating spill from McPhee Dam this year may be on again. The Dolores Water Conservancy District website says that thanks to recent and anticipated heavy precipitation and low irrigation demand, the Dolores River is back on track for a short, small spill, the first in five years. As of Monday, the reservoir was just 12 feet short of being full. The website says if a boating release occurs, it will likely cover the Memorial Day weekend and last five to 10 days at 1,000 or more cubic feet per second.

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The big question on many boater's minds is if there will be a spill into the Lower Dolores River from McPhee Reservoir this spring that would allow for recreational flows. River Radio host Sam Carter talks with Vern Harrell, manager at the Bureau of Reclamation, about the prospect for a boating spill this spring, and the factors that go into deciding if a spill is appropriate given the various demands on the water in the Dolores River.


  • Montezuma County Commissioners are adamantly opposed to a national monument designation along the Dolores River corridor.
  • National Fire Protection Association has awarded four $500 grants for wildfire projects in southwest Colorado.

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