Dolores River Boating Advocates

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The 2016 boating season on the lower Dolores River came with little warning, missed the Memorial Day weekend, and had two short peaks instead of one long one.

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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