Steamboat Springs: Yampa innertube season is starting — glass, littering, styrofoam coolers, dogs, nudity, alcohol and standing in the riverbed are off limits

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From Steamboat Today (Zach Fridell):

This afternoon, the river was running at about 1,000 cubic feet per second, only half the flow measured a week earlier. By Sunday, forecasters say, the river could hit the ideal “safe” flow for tubing of 700 cfs.

National Weather Service forecaster Bryon Lawrence said there is not expected to be much precipitation in the river valley and the river should continue dropping this week.

Peter Van De Carr, president of Backdoor Sports, said even at 700 cfs, tubing the Yampa River in Steamboat can be dangerous. “We’ll evaluate daily, but even 700 cfs is pretty darn ripping for a big, strong guy,” he said.

More Yampa River Basin coverage here and here.

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