Thanks to all who attended the Dolores River Fall Forum including our presenters Sheriff Steve Nowlin, Tim Hunter, Mike Preston, Ken Curtis, and Vern Harrell who generously offered their time for the event. Topics discussed included the Dolores River cable accident, the Dolores River National Conservation Area proposal, the Colorado Water Plan, and Dolores River flows and storage forecast for 2016. Below is an audio recording of the forum.  Apologies for the tapping, which was from the notes being taken on the computer that was also used for recording.

Listen to an interview on KSJD regarding the current status of McPhee Reservoir here.

Andy Hutchinson Rowing Dolores River

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.

Dolores River Boating Advocates is a resource for boaters, a source for information about conservation efforts, and catalysts for river stewardship and advocacy. And because we’re “river people,” we tend to have a lot of fun. We hope you’ll join us!

Filmmakers RIG TO FLIP are working on a Dolores River film project. We’ll be debuting the Dolores River Film next year at the 3rd Annual Permit Party!  Don’t miss it!  Following is the trailer for their Warm Springs film which is about the deadly rapid on the Yampa River.

Warm Springs Trailer from Rig to Flip on Vimeo.


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