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2016 DOLORES RIVER UPDATE by Dolores River Boating Advocates

THERE WILL BE A RECREATIONAL RELEASE ON THE DOLORES RIVER IN 2016.

The essential information from the Dolores Water Conservation website includes:

  • The recreational release is scheduled will begin ramping up on June 3rd and be raftable below McPhee Dam on June 4th. (This is not Memorial Day weekend like previously predicted.)

  • At this point in time, a 5 day release is predicted, and it may last as long as 10 days.  An earlier release start might occur if the snow melts faster due to rising temperatures.  Likewise, the recreational release may not last ten days if the runoff slows.

See the Dolores Water Conservation for information and updates: http://www.doloreswater.com/releases.htm

Here are some recent news articles about the 2016 recreational release:

2016 BOATING CONDITIONS

  • Boaters Beware!

  • The Dolores River has not flowed for recreational rafting since 2011. This greatly affects the conditions you may encounter.  Camps will often be overgrown. And some of the camps listed in river guides may not be available or obvious as you approach them. Watch your maps closely.

  • There may be new hazards.  For example, our collaborators at Rig to Flip identified a large new rock fall at  river mile 17.2 in the Ponderosa Gorge  See their reports and pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/rigtoflip/?fref=ts

  • Hey!  There are gonna be a lot of people down there… be cool, communicate and cooperate!

SLICK ROCK PUT-IN AND TAKE OUT UPDATE

You will be able to launch a raft from Slick Rock on the Dolores River in 2016. The location is NOT the one listed in the river guides.  The 2016 launch location will be at river mile 47 ¼, on the west side of the river downstream from the bridge that crosses the river on river left.

There is ample parking at the site and two access points. Parking a vehicle (with or without a trailer) will be $7.00 a day.

This will be the only put-in or take-out at Slick Rock.  All of the land upriver and downriver is private with no access. The public access upstream of mile 46 marked on some maps is not viable (rutted and steep with river access blocked by a fence.)

THE OLD LAUNCH that is marked in the river guides WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

In one guide this 2016 launch location is listed as, “Chuck Wagon Cafe. Pay Phone and H2O available.”  It is also known as the Slickrock Store.

With the help of The Dolores Water Conservation District, The Dolores River Boating Advocates worked with the local landowners to open this site for 2016.

Be Kind and Respect the Property.


Keep the Boat Afloat!

If you weren’t able to make it to the 3rd Annual Permit Party, but you share a sweet spot for the Dolores River, please consider DRBA and the work that we do all year long to keep the Dolores River safe and flowing.  We need your support to continue our important work.  In 2016, we hope to see the lower Dolores flow and will maintain those conversations that will encourage balanced use of the river.  We will continue covering river news monthly on  River Radio on KSJD, and we will be screening our Dolores River film by Rig to Flip throughout the West.  We will continue our campsite adoption efforts on the lower Dolores River, and we would also like to create a new Dolores River guide with updated information about campsites and riparian conditions on the upper and lower river.  And we want to continue to grow our youth river stewardship program with more river trips for youth on the Dolores River.  We need your support.  Please consider a contribution.  You can donate right HERE on our website!  We thank you deeply for helping us keep the boat afloat!

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The Dolores River is one of Colorado’s most colorful and sublime rivers. Its headwaters begin at approximately 14,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains near Lizard Head Pass. It flows south past the towns of Rico and Dolores, and makes a horseshoe turn at McPhee Reservoir, which was completed in 1987 to divert water for municipal and agricultural uses. Below the reservoir, the river again flows north past the communities of Dove Creek and Gateway. A full 230 miles from its headwaters, it joins the Colorado River in Utah’s red rock desert near Moab.

Much of the river flows through the heart of more than 250,000 acres of wilderness study areas–public lands that are part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. The Dolores River Canyon, Sewemup and The Palisade wilderness study areas are among them. Residents in this part of Southwest Colorado are working to ask Congress to protect the Lower Dolores River (the reaches downstream of McPhee Reservoir) as a National Conservation Area and Wilderness. The Dolores River below the reservoir offers one of the country’s longest wilderness river floats–170 miles through unspoiled canyons and forest habitat. It is rich in archaeological resources and unique plant and wildlife habitat.

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3rd ANNUAL PERMIT PARTY and 2016 SUPPORT

Our 3rd Annual Permit Party and the film premiere of “River of Sorrow” by Rig to Flip was a grand success, drawing our largest crowd ever and raising great awareness and funding for the Dolores River.  We appreciate each of you who attended the event, donated to the permit party, and offered beverages and food.  We couldn’t do this without you!  And we appreciate the outpouring of support for the river!

We want to THANK our 2016 Class I – VI sponsors who are supporting our efforts and programs through generous in-kind and financial contributions:

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CLASS VI SPONSORS (CO-SPONSORS OF THE DOLORES FILM!)

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