July 18, 2013
Anglers and tubers enjoy the Yampa River in the summer near Steamboat Springs.
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Craig Robinson, the city's parks, open space and trails manager, told the commission on Wednesday night that some property management companies are shuttling tubers to the river in places where the city discourages tubing, such as Rotary Park.
River users in Steamboat Springs are brainstorming ways to limit the negative impacts from all the summer fun on the Yampa River.
Last summer, the city's 12 commercial river outfitters sent 18,779 tubers, 376 anglers, 374 stand-up paddleboarders, 659 kayakers and 743 rafters and canoeists to the Yampa.
On Tuesday morning, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District began releasing water leased by the Colorado Water Trust into the Yampa River to help bolster flows.
The Yampa River will get another significant boost this summer when 4,000 acre-feet of water leased by the Colorado Water Trust once again starts to flow out of Stagecoach Reservoir.