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!

DRBA Permit Party Poster (Final)


Join us Friday, January 15 for our 3rd Annual Permit Party and the film premiere of “River of Sorrow” by Rig to Flip. Doors open at 6PM and the film starts at 7.  Live music by Last Nickel begins at 8.  A silent auction with incredible gear and adventures will be held from 6 to 8:30.  Childcare and children’s activities will be provided so bring the whole family.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under are free!  Don’t miss this incredible celebration of the Dolores River!


We’re excited to announce that the trailer for the film has been released!  This is a very exciting culmination of the past year of work by the Rig to Flip team who has been filming, capturing, and contemplating the issues, values, and complexities of the Dolores River.  Check it out along with our funding teaser at our Indiegogo campaign page. And help us reach our $10,000 goal to complete the project.

We hope you will join us in this exciting effort. And please come to the FILM DEBUT on FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 at our 3rd Annual Permit Party in Dolores at the Community Center, starting at 6PM.  Rig to Flip will be presenting the film and offering a Q&A session about the project.  We hope to see you there!

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As you put away your boats and gear for the winter, 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 The River Trip on KSJD, and in January we will be releasing our Dolores River film by Rig to Flip with kind support from Patagonia.  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!


Town Run: $25-$49

Stampede: $50-$99

Snaggletooth: $100-$249

Three Mile: $250 – $499

Stateline: $500 and up


Class I: $100-$249

Class II: $250-$499

Class III: $500-$749

Class IV: $750-$999

Class V: $1,00-$3,000

Class VI: Over $3,000

Dolores River Transporting Willow Bundles






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.

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.


We want to THANK our 2015 Class I – V sponsors who are supporting our efforts and programs through generous in-kind and financial contributions:

CLASS V SPONSORS $8,000-$15,000






CLASS IV SPONSORS $3,000-$7,999

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CLASS III SPONSOR $1,000-$2,999

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