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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July 9th – Yampa River Cleanup

Come Celebrate and Clean Up the Yampa River The national river conservation organization American Rivers has joined Friends of the Yampa, the City of Steamboat Springs,the CAN’d Aid Foundation, local citizens in NW Colorado and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of the Parrotheads for a river-wide cleanup of the Yampa River on July 9th, 2016. See flyer […]

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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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New Surf Spot on Yampa: A-hole Gets Major Facelift

Put the Yampa on your river running radar this season. In the middle of a deep December, the city of Steamboat Springs and Friends of the Yampa collaborated on the reconstruction of the Ambulance Hole on the Yampa, just downstream from the footbridge that leads to Howelsen Hill, finishing just before 98 inches of snow […]

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Yampa State Park to Upgrade Boat Ramp Near Hayden

With full endorsement from Friends of the Yampa, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has plans to replace the 20-year-old Double Bridges boat launch west of Hayden with a more accessible boat ramp about eight-tenths of a mile downstream at Yampa River State Park headquarters. The goal, says Park Manager Ron Della Croce, is to build the new […]

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2015 Big Snow Dance Huge Success

Friends of the Yampa’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Snow Dance, was a resounding success this year, thanks to a new location at host Sake2U in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event was held Saturday, November 21, to celebrate the start of the winter season and help raise money for projects on the Yampa […]

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2015 Yampa Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Friends of the Yampa is proud to announce that the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, as part of their 2015 grant cycle has awarded us with a $5,000 grant as seed money for a Craig Diversion Park project on the Yampa River in Craig, Colorado. We will be working in partnership with our river friends from […]

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Colorado’s Yampa River

The Friends of the Yampa are proud to have been involved with John Fielder and Patrick Tierney in their effort to make the most complete Yampa River book to date: Colorado’s Yampa River – Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green. This 172 page, large format hardcover book with 150 scenic, historical, […]

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2016 River Fest To Be Held June 3-5!

Mark your calendars for a rip-roaring good time. The dates for the 2016 Yampa River Festival have been set for Fri., June 3, – Sun., June 5, the same weekend as the Steamboat Marathon. This years marks the 36th annual event for the Yampa River Festival.  This year’s dates are strategically positioned after CKS Padsdlefest […]

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Steamboat Leadership Partnership

We are proud to announce our 2015 partnership with the generous folks at Steamboat Leadership. Thier efforts to promote Catch the Drift are a perfect fit with our mission.  Check out the below article from the Steamboat Pilot to get a detailed idea on the plans.  Also check out the webpages under the new Catch the […]

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Return of the River – 6/3/15 – 7:00 PM

FOY is please to partner with the Bud Werner Memorial Library to present a free film in honor of the 35th Annual Yampa River Festival which takes place May 29-31, 2015 in Steamboat Spring. A film about the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States, and the extraordinary effort to restore […]

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Yampa River – Street View – Google Maps RESPECTS

  Google Maps in cooperation with American Rivers, O.A.R.S and the Friends of the Yampa, floated the Yampa Canyon thru Dinosaur National Monument in June of 2015 with the Google Street View Trekker camera.  As part of our Yampa River Awareness Project, it was our pleasure to help host this event and bring this technology […]

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Warm Springs Film: A Yampa River Awareness Project. Nov 7th.

Warm Springs Rapid is one of the West’s classic whitewater experiences. Located in the deep canyons of Dinosaur National Monument on the Yampa River, the rapid is both feared and loved. Nearly 50 years ago, heavy rain produced a large debris flow that burst from side canyons and into the river creating what we know […]

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Pro paddler Bren Orton gives props to Steamboat’s YRF

Pro paddler Bren Orton, European Junior Freestyle champion and Bronze Medalist at the Worlds, reflects on his time in Steamboat Springs for the 2014 Yampa River Festival. He called it one of his favorite events to date, and we have to agree. 🙂 View the full article HERE!  

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2014 Yampa River Awareness Project (June 5-9)

2014 UPDATE: In early June 2014 we successfully organized our Yampa River Awareness Project (v.2014) with 25 participants from a wide range or water related organizations and river based advocacy groups.  Once again we partnered with Don Hatch River Expeditions and the O.A.R.S. Family of Companies, along with American Rivers.  This year we focused on “Next Steps” in protecting the […]

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2014 Yampa River Festival Preliminary Schedule

Friends of the Yampa’s 34th Annual Yampa River Festival! May 30-31, Steamboat Springs, CO (Brought to you by Steamboat in the Summertime) Schedule of Events: Friday: • 12-6pm: Registration/Gear Swap, Backdoor Sports (841 Yampa St.) • 5pm: Paddling Life Fish Creek Race (Cash purse!) Saturday: • 9 a.m.: 5K Running Race (Little Toots Park) • 9:30 […]

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Join us for the 2013 Big Snow Dance at Carl’s Tavern!

Our annual fundraiser, the Big Snow Dance, will be held at 7pm on November 23rd at Carl’s Tavern in downtown Steamboat Springs. We will have live entertainment from Highland View, and a silent auction full of fantastic goods and services. This year, Carl’s is generously donating 10% of all sales from 7pm until close to […]

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YRAP 2013 Recap

June 2013: When I received an email thread asking for volunteers to run a shuttle and join Friends of the Yampa on the second half of this year’s Yampa River Awareness Project, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Friends of the Yampa is a nonprofit advocacy group whose mission is to “protect and enhance the […]

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2013 Yampa River Festival!

It was a fantastic event, and we are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, participants and spectators for making it happen. Race results have been posted to our Facebook Page here (and give us a thumbs up while you’re there!) A HUGE THANK YOU TO: American Whitewater B & K Distributing Backdoor Sports Big Agnes Buffalo […]

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33rd Annual Yampa River Fest – June 1-3, 2013

Friends of the Yampa Hosts 33rd Annual Yampa River Fest June 1-3, 2013, Culminates with Paddling Life Creek Race Mon., June 3 Steamboat Springs, CO: The Friends of the Yampa announces the 33rd Annual Yampa River Festival June 1-3 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., culminating with the Paddling Life Creek Race on Monday, June 1. Designed […]

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Yampa River Structures Project

Now scheduled for completion in Fall of 2013, the Yampa River Structures Project will: Design. Engineer. Permit. Build. Improve. Maintain. The Yampa River is an iconic symbol of Northwest Colorado.  Running wild and free for most of its 250 mile course, from its source in the Flat Tops to majestic confluence with the Green River […]

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Yampa River Clean-ups

Thanks to the almost 50 people who came out to help with the Yampa River clean-up! Next clean up is Sept 28th at noon. Show up at Back Door Sports and get ready to walk the river. Hope you can make it! We’ve been doing these clean ups for 25 years now, and we are […]

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Friends of the Yampa to Benefit From Odell Brewing Taster Trays

The Friends of the Yampa has been chosen, along with the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, as a beneficiary of the Odell Brewing Charity of the Month. All proceeds from taster tray sales in the tasting room at the brewery will go to benefit both of these Colorado non-profit organizations. We are proud to share […]

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2012 Yampa River Festival

The Friends of the Yampa announces the 32nd Annual Yampa River Festival May 26-28 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., culminating with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

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FOY’s Annual Fundraiser – Saturday Nov. 19, 2011

The Big Snow Dance  The Friends of the Yampa is proud to host our annual family friendly, Big Snow Dance fundraiser on Saturday, November 19th at the Sweetwater Grill (5:30 till close). We invite you to support us in our effort to protect and enhance the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River, its […]

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Final Little Snake Plan Prioritizes Drilling over Wildlands and Wildlife

Craig, CO (October 14, 2011)– The Bureau of Land Management released a Final Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Record of Decision for the Little Snake region that shows a vast improvement from Bush Administration draft plans but continues to prioritize oil and gas development over all other uses. The clean air, outstanding wildlife habitat and free- flowing rivers in northwest Colorado will continue to face threats from oil and gas drilling in the final management plan released today.

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Great weekend on the Yampa!

Thanks to all who came out for the 31st Annual Yampa River Festival over Memorial Day Weekend! It was a great success and fun was had by all. Huge thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and organizers! Results and photos will be posted here soon.                  

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FOY Board Members Float 52 Miles of Possible Wild & Scenic Stretch

Kicking off the record-setting runoff season on the Yampa, Friends of the Yampa participated in a familiarization float on the Little Yampa, Duffy and Juniper canyon sections of the Yampa May 13-15, to study and discuss the section’s recently approved eligibility for Wild & Scenic status. “It was a great way to see that section […]

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2011 Yampa River Festival

It’s been a wetter than normal spring in the Rockies, and that’s just wetting people’s appetite for the 31st Annual Yampa River Fesitval and sixth annual Paddling Life Invitational on May 26-30 on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Come on down and take part in the action, whether it’s joining in the downriver […]

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Yampa River Work Planned for Charlie’s Hole

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  Thursday, November 11, 2010 Yampa River Work Planned for Charlie’s Hole The City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department will be working with contractors to do maintenance work on Charlie’s Hole in the Yampa River.  On Thursday, November 11, 2010 crews will begin working in the river […]

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October/November 2010

We have now reorganized FOY, electing a Board of Directors and applying for 501c3 status, which will help us immensely in our cause. The Fiends of the Yampa’s (FOY) mission is to protect and enhance the river’s environmental and recreational integrity through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. How to Join? You can join our cause […]

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September 17, 2010

A big thanks to all those who helped out with the Steamboat Springs Yampa River Clean up organized by the Friends of the Yampa. With over 100 people of all ages cleaning up, the river and the riparian habitat in downtown Steamboat Springs is refreshed once again. A big thanks to the Yampa Valley Science […]

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