2017 becomes a year to remember on the Dolores River

Above-average snowpack last winter triggered a rarely seen extended whitewater release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam that lasted 85 days. An estimated 24,000 boaters flocked to the 200...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

2017 becomes a year to remember on the Dolores River

Above-average snowpack last winter triggered a rarely seen extended whitewater release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam that lasted 85 days. An estimated 24,000 boaters flocked to the 200...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River gets a D- by Conservation Colorado

In a river report card released Thursday, Conservation Colorado gave the Dolores River a D-minus based on low flows below McPhee Dam. The environmental group says improved dam management is needed...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County commissioners vote to restrict Sage Hen road access

Montezuma County commissioners voted this week to continue the temporary closure of County Road X in the Sage Hen area until Nov. 30. The closure of Road X and side roads to McPhee Reservoir is to...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Motorboats pile up at McPhee Reservoir

Because of the motorized-boating restrictions at the majority of southwest-Colorado reservoirs, McPhee Reservoir has seen an 85 percent increase at its boat-ramp inspection station from last year....

DATE: June 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water managers release drought plan for McPhee Reservoir

Frequent dry spells have motivated McPhee Reservoir managers to create a draft drought contingency plan, and they have extended the public comment period. Since 2000, drought conditions left the...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rafting on Lower Dolores River starting up again

McPhee Reservoir managers have announced that rafting flows on the Dolores River below the dam will start up again for at least a few days next week. On Monday, June 5, flows will begin ramping up...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

High flows scour Lower Dolores River channel

The earth drops away, and the twisting, turbulent Animas River suddenly comes into full view as LightHawk pilot Jim Grady guides his 1953 Cessna 180 into the faded blue sky near Durango. But this...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Boat with mussels is stopped at McPhee boat ramp

A pontoon boat carrying the dreaded invasive quagga mussel was intercepted Friday morning at the main boat ramp of McPhee Reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invasive-species inspectors stopped...

DATE: May 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River whitewater release is flowing strong

More than a month of boating conditions are expected on the Lower Dolores River below the dam, McPhee Reservoir managers said in an update on the whitewater schedule. For the next few days, flows...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boating season begins early as McPhee Reservoir fills

A boating release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam will begin earlier than expected, water managers announced Monday. A warm March has started the runoff early into McPhee Reservoir, which is...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forecast points to a long Dolores River rafting season

An epic boating season on the Lower Dolores River is starting to shape up because of above-normal snowpack in the San Juan Mountains. The most probable runoff forecast shows an inflow of 440,000...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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