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McPhee Release Update for Thursday July 11, 2019 – Spill Has Ended


The 2019 managed release from McPhee has ended.

This will be the final spill update posted for this release.


Downstream releases are down to base flows of approximately 85 CFS, where they are expected to remain through August. In early September, releases will dial down to 75 CFS, after which they will drop to 40 CFS and remain there through the winter.


If you have questions, the best way to address DWCD is through the “Contact” page of this website. Otherwise you can try calling 970-882-2164 extensions 5, 1 or 6.


Dolores Gage:

McPhee Elevation & Capacity:

Dolores below McPhee:

Slickrock Gage:

Bedrock Gage:


Bureau of Land Management:

The BLM has a detailed boating map of the Dolores river posted on their website. Link below.

BLM Avenza Map page for the Dolores:×40




The following are links to the American Whitewater River Inventory pages for the lower Dolores River:

Bradfield to Dove Creek

Dove Creek to Slickrock

Slickrock to Bedrock

Bedrock to Gateway

Gateway to Confluence with the Colorado River