McPhee Reservoir

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Boat ramps at McPhee reservoir will close for the season on Tuesday, October 31st.

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Vern Harrell recently retired as the Dolores Project Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation. He joined Austin Cope in the KSJD studios to look back on his career and reflect on how McPhee Reservoir has changed the area.

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McPhee reservoir has seen a surge in boaters as other lakes around the state restrict motorized boating access due to concerns about invasive mussel introduction. According to a U.S. Forest Service release, usage at McPhee is up 85 percent from last year.


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Vehicle access to some informal boat-launching sites at McPhee Reservoir has been restricted.

Dolores River water is relied on by many, including farmers, ranchers, and boaters. For the second of a three-part series on River Radio looking at the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with fourth-generation rancher Dustin Goodall about his family's relationship to the Dolores River and his perspectives on how to balance the needs of those who rely on Dolores River water.