Yampa River tailwater closed for the season

Anglers headed north to the tailwater section of the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir will find that area closed to the public starting Monday, Sept. 16.

The closure, announced this week by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is part of a fishery and stream restoration project at Stagecoach State Park.

The closure affects six-tenths of a mile of the river and will remain in place for the rest of the year.

The public is asked to use caution as heavy equipment and other materials for the project may be moved into the area prior to the closure.

Officials said Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall.

However, parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the Routt County Road 18 parking lot.

In addition, hunters may access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off Routt County Road 14.

The Tailwater Restoration Project will restore habitat and improve the overall fishery resource. The project’s goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream-bank erosion and preserve the area for future generations. 

The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun Program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited and private donors.


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