2019 McPhee Release Information

  • Follow official release updates at the Dolores Water Conservancy District website HERE
  • Follow river gauges at the links on the right of this page
  • DRBA’s INTERIM RIVER GUIDE can be purchased for download HERE
  • Slick Rock launch site info:

Slick Rock will be available as put-in/take-out starting Thursday May 23.

– Open 7 days a week until the spill ends.
– Signs will be posted.  Read and follow signs.
– Manager will be on site.
– Parking Fee: $8/day to park a vehicle
– Boat access only (only applicable if boat launching is not parking their vehicle overnight): Put-in/Take-out at boat ramp is $5 per boat.
– Private Property
– No camping
– No public bathroom available
– No setting up of groovers
– Respect private property and access so this continues to be an option
  • 2019 Dolores River Shuttle Services as of 6/6/19 :      Note: Dolores River Boating Advocates (DRBA) has contacted the following Dolores River shuttle services.  We provide this information as a public service.  Prior to using any shuttle service it is your responsibility to check that your insurance covers shuttle services and confirm that the shuttle providers have the correct insurance.

Dolores River Shuttle Service: Shuttle service for all stretches of the Dolores River. Cost – $90-340 depending on shuttle length. Located in Dove Creek, CO. Jamie Huskey (970-677-2301, 970-739-4561), Torie Davis (970-560-1475), email : summerskye72@hotmail.com

Bedrock Shuttle Service: Will run shuttles between any of the following put-ins/take-outs: Bradfield Bridge, Dove Creek Pump Station, Slick Rock, Gypsum Valley, Bedrock. They will meet you at your take-out, drive with you to your put-in, and then drive your vehicle back to your take-out. In a pinch, they can use their vehicles, but they prefer to use your vehicle. Cost – $70 – shuttle from Slick Rock down; $100 – shuttle from Bradfield or Pump Station down.  Jennifer and Mark (970-859-7441)

Ramona’s Shuttle at Bedrock: (970-859-7445) Over 20 years of providing shuttle service for the Dolores River. Call for prices, multi car deals are available. Will pick up your vehicles at the put-in and transport them to the take-out. Operate from Bradfield to Gateway

Western Slope Rides: WSR offers shuttle services on the lower reaches of the Dolores and San Miguel rivers including river access points at Bedrock, Naturita, Gateway, Dewey Bridge and Moab. WSR prefers shuttling passengers rather than vehicles and trailers. For prices and info contact them at info@goWSR.com or 970-626-5121.

Wolfs River Shuttle Services: Provides shuttle services for vehicles and equipment. Located 5 minutes from the Bedrock take out. Will personally shuttle your vehicle while you enjoy the river. Rates: $60- Gypsum or Slick rock to Bedrock; $100-Bradfield or Pump station to Bedrock.  Wolf Nentwich (970)428-7278 (Update on 6/26/19: Wolf’s shuttle service will now provide friendly reliable shuttle services down to Gateway!)
  • BLM River Regulations:
    • Trips between Bradfield Bridge and Gypsum Valley Bridge are limited to 25 people/group.  Groups launching at Slickrock (private) or Gypsum Valley Bridge are limited to 16 people/group through the Wilderness study Area.
    • A washable, reusable toilet system or an EPA-approved bag system will be carried and used on all river trips to pack out human waste
    • A fire pan will be used for campfires on all river trips.  Collection of down or dead wood is prohibited for resource protection.
    • All dishwater will be strained.  Strained water will be emptied into the main channel of the river.
    • A ground cloth to catch micro-trash will be used in kitchens.
    • Leash dogs at put-ins/take-outs and campsites to prevent user conflict and wildlife harassment.  Dog feces must be carried out.
    • Do not camp near archaeological sites to protect resources.
    • Please register your party at boat access points.  This helps keep good records on visitation that can inform funding and management decisions.
  • More as we learn it…

Disclaimer: The Dolores River Boating Advocates, Inc. (DRBA) does not represent, warrant or guarantee that the information it provides on the Dolores River boating conditions and hazards are current, complete or accurate. The DRBA does not assume any liability whatsoever for how this information is used. River conditions and hazards change minute by minute, especially during the spring runoff. The information the DRBA provides is not a substitute for scouting and vigilance. There may be dangerous unreported hazards, including, but not limited to, low overhanging bridges, and debris and fences in the river. Whitewater rafting and river sports are inherently dangerous activities which can result in death, injury and loss of property. You alone are responsible to ensure that you possess the necessary skills, preparation and equipment to navigate the Dolores River safely and that you are aware of your location at all times so that you can respect the rights of private landowners. Feel free to comment with your observations of current conditions and hazards.

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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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(If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Amber at amber@doloresriverboating.org or at 970-799-8704.)


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