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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

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

Whitewater construction on Animas River faces uncertain timeline

Work to make the Durango Whitewater Park safer may not be completed this spring because of rising runoff in the Animas River. The city started construction in late February to widen and lower some...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Above average snowpack bodes well for McPhee Reservoir, farmers, boaters

Above-average snowpack in the Dolores Basin bodes well for McPhee Reservoir, farmers and recreational boaters on the Lower Dolores River. Snotels in the basin show snowpack at 136 percent of the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction in Animas River to start Monday

Construction to correct the flow of the Animas River upstream of the Whitewater Park is expected to start Monday. This week, crews will start putting up fencing and traffic-control barriers, the...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unusual winter hampered Dolores River boating release

A sporadic 12-day boating release from McPhee Dam into the Dolores River in June was hampered by uncertain runoff forecasts after a late-season snowfall, reservoir managers said at community...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Adventures for Hopi connects Native Americans to outdoor recreation

Marshall Masayesva is lying on his side in a dandelion-sprinkled lawn, clutching his stomach and groaning as if someone’s sticking a knife into it. A clean-cut, athletic 28-year-old who recently...

DATE: July 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Discussion of McPhee Reservoir water releases will be held July 26

The Dolores Water Conservancy District and Dolores River Boating Advocates invite the public to a review and discuss the 2016 Lower Dolores River boating season from McPhee Reservoir managed...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds of boaters raft Dolores for first time in four years

Over the weekend, hundreds of boaters took advantage of a three-day whitewater release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam , the first in four years. Reservoir managers said that as of Sunday,...

DATE: June 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s official: Dolores River boating season launches Friday

A whitewater boating release below McPhee Dam was scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Friday and will last at least three days. Flows were planned to be ramped up to at least 800 cubic feet per second by...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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