37th Annual Yampa River Festival!

With a gem as priceless as the Yampa River flowing through our back yard it is important to show our respect.  The annual Yampa River Festival, held each spring, is the premier opportunity to show your respect while enjoying spring flows.  This year’s Yampa River Festival is scheduled for the weekend of June 3rd in […]

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Abundant snowpack doesn’t always fill area reservoirs

The following article was published by the Steamboat Pilot & Today by Tom Ross on March 9th 2017. Full article with photos can be seen here: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2017/mar/09/abundant-snowpack-doesnt-always-fill-area-reservoi/ Steamboat Springs — The amount of water currently stored in two critical reservoirs on the upper Yampa River south of Steamboat Springs appears better than average, but water […]

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Water testing shows upper Yampa River is healthy

The following article was published by the Steamboat Pilot & Today by Tom Ross on January 24th 2017. Full article with photos can be seen here: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2017/jan/24/water-testing-shows-upper-yampa-river-healthy/ Steamboat Springs — A pair of water experts from the U.S. Geological Survey reassured the Routt County Board of Commissioners and members of the Upper Yampa Watershed Group […]

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Wild and Scenic Little Yampa Canyon

Some call it Duffy Canyon, others call it the Little Yampa Canyon. Regardless of how you refer to this beautiful place, one thing is clear…it is a gem of a natural resource right in your back yard. We tend to get a little Steamboat-centric here in the Yampa Valley, particularly during river season. Between surfing […]

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Pure Colorado cutthroats call Steamboat Ski Area home

The following article was published by the Steamboat Pilot & Today by Tom Ross on July 13th, 2016. Full article with photos can be seen here: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2016/jul/13/pure-colorado-cutthroats-call-steamboat-ski-area-h/ Steamboat Springs — After years of exploring small streams in remote corners of Northwest Colorado working to save the Yampa River Basin’s only native trout, U.S. Forest Service […]

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The Best Festivals & Fairs in Colorado this Summer

While we, in the Yampa Valley, know this to be true, now the rest of Colorado knows it as well. TravelMag just listed the Yampa River Festival as one of the top events of the summer! You can view the article on their website at TravelMag.com. Full schedule of events is here, and don’t forget […]

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City presents Bear River Park conceptual plans

Steamboat Springs — Officials with the city of Steamboat Springs and the National Park Service on Tuesday revealed two very different conceptual designs for the future of Bear River Park in west Steamboat. Under option A, the park would be designed as a passive park, with nature trails along the Yampa River, new basketball courts, […]

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Catch the Drift

A project introduced by Leadership Steamboat, Catch the Drift’s goal is to foster stewardship locally and statewide by cultivating education within the community and greater users of the Yampa River resulting in a well-respected and protected Yampa River.

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Yampa River Structures Project

In August of 2012, FOTY received a grant from the State of Colorado’s Water Conservation Board to carry out a project titled the Yampa River Structures Project. This project will design, engineer, permit, build and improve on several instream, recreational and environmental rock structures in the Yampa River, in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. These structure projects include: regrading and replanting riparian habitat, creating formalized river access points, removing debris from the river, repair/enhancing existing boating structures and installing a new boating structure.

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Watershed Planning on the Yampa River

The Yampa River watershed is known throughout Colorado as a relatively high‐quality watershed, but as land‐uses change, water demand increases, and natural events occur, such as forest beetlekill, balancing the uses and needs for water and protecting water quality requires more coordination among stakeholders. The Friends of the Yampa and its partners are addressing watershed issues for the Yampa River and its tributaries from its confluence with the Green River up to its headwaters, including Elkhead Creek and the Elk River in Routt and Moffat Counties.

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Yampa River Structural Master Plan

The Yampa River Structural Master Plan provides a framework for instream and riparian area improvements that will optimize the recreational benefits of the river while protecting its ecological integrity. The area encompasses approximately 6.4 miles of the Yampa River and riparian corridor located on City property from the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Management Area to the Fournier Open Space. The plan prioritizes the recommended improvements and provides budgetary cost estimates for City implementation.

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Bear River Park Comprehensive Plan

The city of Steamboat Springs is engaging the public to help it determine how the Bear River Park should be developed. The city anticipates improvements will be funded for Bear River Park in 2017, and it wants to revise the master plan to help determine what to build. Friends of the Yampa is advocating for an official take-out suitable for trailered vehicles at this location. We feel there is enough community support to make this happen. View the current master plan here, and find out how you can make your voice heard.

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Yampa River Management Plan

The Yampa River is a huge asset to the City of Steamboat Springs. It runs through the heart of the City, which is one of the distinguishing factors between Steamboat and other mountain resort communities. The river has year-round appeal, and plays a large economic and aesthetic role in the lives of those who live here. Few other mountain towns can boast having a major river with a high quality recreation, trout fishery, and a high quality scenic appeal running through the center of their municipality.

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Yampa River Pumpback

The Yampa River Pumpback, a.k.a. Yampa Pumpback, a.k.a. Yampa Diversion, a.k.a. Multi-Basin Water Supply Investigation, a.k.a. Yampa Straw, a.k.a. Maybell Pump back, a.k.a. Yampa River Pipeline Project, or whatever you wish to call it, is a study that the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District proposed and is one that is gaining strength in Colorado as a project that could provide for our water supply into the next century.

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Yampa River Awareness Project

The Yampa River Awareness Project is organized by the Friends of the Yampa who rallies local, state, national and international organizations, businesses and individuals to realize the unique natural and recreational values of the Yampa.

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Friends of the Yampa: Group helps Yampa

The Friends of the Yampa recently ran the following editorial in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Since this was published, we have added two additional Board Members to our organization: Greg Hamilton and Ben Beall. Please welcome all of our new Board Members to Friends of the Yampa! From the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Wednesday, […]

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