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City closes Yampa River and Fish Creek confluence through Oct. 31

Fisherman Dave Lawler tests his skills on Yampa River on Oct. 4, 2022, as autumn has painted the landscape around downtown Steamboat Springs in a colorful display of green, yellow, orange and red. A small section of Fish Creek and the Yampa River and Fish Creek confluence will undertake a voluntary closure through Oct. 31. Signage will be posted to notify river users in the area.
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A small section at the confluence of the Yampa River and Fish Creek along with an area of Fish Creek will be under a voluntary closure through Oct. 31. 

Working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the City of Steamboat Springs is applying the closure as a way to protect the native mountain whitefish population during their annual spawn migration and concentration. 

The city has seen the mountain whitefish population in the Yampa River decline at an alarming rate and finds it necessary to protect the fish while they spawn. 



The closure runs approximately 100 feet upstream and 200 feet downstream on the Yampa River, as well as up Fish Creek to the Safeway bridge. There will be signage posted to notify river users in the area of the voluntary closure.


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