The Steamboat Springs section of the Yampa river is approximately 4 miles appropriate for beginner and intermediate boaters. The majority of the run is class II, with one major hit called "Charlie's Hole" that is an unavoidable whitewater park feature rated at class II+ to III depending on the flow. At flows under 1300, the Yampa offers plenty of opportunity for catching on the fly surfs on SUP, duckies, and Kayaks. At flows over 1300, these surfs wash out and the river becomes a more downriver-oriented run. This run is easily lappable using the City bus transit system, and shuttles will only be needed for equipment. The Yampa is a "wild river" and is one of the few navigable rivers in Colorado that is absent of dam releases. Flows fluctuate based on daily temperatures and melting snowpack. Once the snow is gone, so is the water! Get at it while its high!
Note: This cruise leader is a SUP rider. While all boat types are appropriate, SUP participation is encouraged!
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