ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Part of the popular Yampa River has been closed between the Stagecoach State Park Dam to the “lowermost park boundary.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says dry conditions and low snowpack levels have caused critically low water flow.READ MORE: Coloradans Kim Dobson And Ashley Brasovan Take Top Spots In Mount Washington Road Race
They say the emergency closure is meant to protect the fish.
“We are trying to be as proactive as possible to protect the outstanding catch and release trout fishery we have downstream of Stagecoach Reservoir,” said Area Aquatic Biologist Bill Atkinson.READ MORE: Preventing Theft: Denver Police Etching VIN On Catalytic Converters
The closure will begin June 14 and remain in effect until further notice.
CPW officials warn it could take several years for a fish population to fully recover from low water flow levels, if not protected.MORE NEWS: Colorado Weather: Landspout Tornadoes Hit Colorado Plains
For more information, contact Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436, or CPW’s Steamboat Springs office at 970-870-2197.