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2017 McPhee Release Update


Thursday June 22, 2017:  Downstream releases are at 600 CFS and will hold there until 7:00 AM tomorrow morning before beginning to drop at a rate of 25 CFS every 3 hours again. This pattern of dropping 200 CFS for a day, then holding for a day will continue until flows reach 78 CFS. CPW will then budget the fish pool and final summer release rates will be posted later this month.

Now that the ramp-down has begun and inflows are falling steadily, updates will no longer be posted daily.

As usual, the USGS Dolores River Gage at Dolores remains the best representation of inflows into McPhee (see the links below).

Those interested in utilizing the river during the following days should check the Dolores River Below McPhee Gage for flows directly beneath the dam (link below)

Help Guide the Future

As you finish your raft trip, please take some time to complete the American Whitewater survey at:

The survey responses will inform and help shape future managed release planning efforts.

We will continue daily updates.  When the inflows basically equal outflows we will start the ramp down.  Ramp down below 800 CFS will extend over 6 days (Daily Avg. releases of 700 CFS, 600 CFS, 500 CFS, 400 CFS, 300 CFS, 200 CFS) allowing those on the water some time to land.


Current Notices:


Call 970-882-2164 Extension 5, 1 or 6 if you have questions.

SLICKROCK:  Continue to monitor DRBA for latest on Slickrock. Slickrock put-in/take-out access will happen on private property downstream of Hwy 141 bridge (bridge crosses Dolores River) about 200 yards past bridge on river left.  Look for small flagging in bushes on left.  DO NOT use the old boat ramp on river right upstream of bridge.  That is private property and is not accessible this season.  Additional info about Slickrock access and other information here from Dolores River Boating Advocates:

BEDROCK BRIDGE:  CDOT updates at .


American Whitewater also provides good information about this year’s rafting opportunities and details for boaters at


Dolores Gage:

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:

Dolores below McPhee:

Slickrock Gage:

Bedrock Gage: