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Update on Colorado River Fishing Closure | July 20th, 2021

Brandon Rodriguez / Jul 20, 2021

We have some positive news regarding the current situation regarding the Colorado River fishing closure. Last week we saw some much-needed temperature relief, the relief in temperatures allowed for water temperatures to drop into the low to mid 60's. Due to the prolonged improvement in overall water conditions and a beneficial weather outlook for the coming weeks, C.P.W. has warranted the relaxation of their current restrictions on the Colorado River. The relaxation in current C.P.W. restrictions is specific to the stretch of the Colorado River from State Bridge down to the confluence with Red Dirt Creek.

" Beginning 7/20/21 there will be a voluntary closure from NOON to MIDNIGHT on the Colorado River from STATE BRIDGE downstream to RED DIRT CREEK. The full-day voluntary closure remains in effect from RED CIRT CREEK downstream to Hwy 13 (Rifle). No closures upstream of State Bridge on the Colorado River at this time. - C.P.W. Agent "

It is important to note that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is closely evaluating conditions on all local waters very carefully. Although over the past month, the topic of water temperatures has been referenced, other factors affect Colorado Parks and Wildlife's decision-making when imposing voluntary closures. These factors include low stream flows, high sediment contents, and low dissolved oxygen levels. These factors are all being evaluated as well and have been contributing stressors to our aquatic resources.

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