Friends of the Yampa Hosts 33rd Annual Yampa River Fest June 1-3, 2013,
Culminates with Paddling Life Creek Race Mon., June 3
Designed to raise awareness for and protect the 270-mile Yampa River in northwest Colorado, the last remaining major free flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River basin, the event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family, with slalom and downriver races, a kids activity zone, freestyle competition, dog events and more. The event kicks off with a registration party at Backdoor Sports in downtown Steamboat Friday evening.
After a 9 a.m. running race, the river action starts Saturday with a downriver race at 11
a.m., followed by a stand-up paddleboard race at Fetcher Pond and raft race. This is all followed by the popular Crazy River Dog contest, tube rodeo and freestyle kayak contest downtown.
The action continues with a tube race (BYOT/inflatable, no paddle) at 5 p.m. from Rich Weiss Park to the finish line at Sweetwater Grill, where the annual River Fest party begins, featuring food, river games (horseshoe contest, ammo-can-tug-of-war, washers and more), raffle and live music. The festival continues Sunday with slalom races at Dr. Rich Weiss Park at 10 a.m.
On Monday, some of the best kayakers in the world descend upon town for the Paddling Life Creek Race, brought to you by the City of Steamboat, Rocky Mountain Remedies, Kokatat, Rhino Rack and more. The event features a Class IV-V race down tumultuous Fish. That evening, the festivities continue with a post party at Carl’s Tavern.
“It promises to be a great weekend,” says Friends of the Yampa’s Ken Brenner, recently appointed to the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District board. “It’s a great way to bring awareness to the river in our back yard, which serves so many vital interests.”