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River: Yampa River - Steamboat to Hayden

anyone know what the river is like in mid may

Post By: michael75      Posted: 3/27/2013 2:16:05 PM     Points: 20    
Can anyone help me out on this? I am wanting to do a little rafting, fishing, camping, etc... around the middle of may - does anyone know the river enough to say whether or not is it too early, will the water be darn cold, icy still??? any info will help


 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 3/27/2013 4:10:44 PM     Points: 17676    
It all depends on Snowpack. I would not suggest floating it during run-off periods. ( Which May is) Unless you are one of those crazy kayak guys that enjoys flipping over in cold dirty water. However, this year ( like last year) the snowpack numbers are down.. So the water will be alot less crazy. But that doesn't mean it won't flow at 5000-8000 cfs and still isn't safe. Call the Yampa River headquaters and ask them what the flows were like last year at that time. It won't be exact to this year, but it can help point you in the right direction.

A few things to take note on is the section you are asking about has ALOT of private property. Therefore, if you are planning on camping you will need to know the correct places to camp.

Also, keep in mind, CPW has been shocking and netting the pike and smb out of the yampa and the fishing is not what it used to be.
 Reply by: michael75      Posted: 3/27/2013 5:15:37 PM     Points: 20    
ok, thanks, I was going to camp at the state park. I know mid may is still early, so the fishing isn't any good at the Yampa?
 Reply by: Catcherman      Posted: 3/27/2013 7:40:01 PM     Points: 3155    
If its still running high it will be hard to catch anything. Before they started shocking it me n my brother and dad used to find a nice slow moving slew and catch numbers of pike. I don't know about that anymore tho.