For the latest water release information for McPhee Reservoir, visit:
and visit our webpage here for links to the stream gages.
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!
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.
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:
Locals CLASS VI SPONSORS
CLASS VI SPONSORS (CO-SPONSORS OF THE DOLORES FILM!)
CLASS V SPONSORS
CLASS III SPONSORS
CLASS II SPONSORS
CLASS I SPONSORS