Tubing season in Steamboat arrives as Yampa River flows drop
June 11, 2018
Editor’s note: The Yampa River dropped below 700 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It is time to check your tubes for leaks because tubing season has almost arrived.
On Monday afternoon, the Yampa River was running at about 750 cubic feet per second, and flows are dropping fast. Commercial tubing season typically begins when flows drop below 700 cfs.
Cold water safety tips
• Wear a personal-flotation device
• Dress for the water temperature
• Field-test your gear
• Swim-test your gear
• Plan for the worst
Ruthie Gorrell, an employee at Backdoor Sports on Yampa Street, said she expects they will start renting tubes as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. At the beginning of tubing season, Backdoor Sports will only rent to adults. They will start renting to children when flows drop further.
In addition to being gnarly this time of year for tubing, the Yampa River is also chilly. The water temperature was about 57 degrees late Monday afternoon with the temperature dipping to the high-40s during the night.
According to ColdWaterSafety.org, cold water can cause people to lose control of their breathing very quickly if they are in the water unprotected.