Colorado implements mandatory & voluntary stream closures

I just got the green-light to head west in a couple months, knock a couple numbers off the Last Best Streams project. Planning a route, avoiding active wildfires and burned-over country, figuring out camping and where to explore.

It’s hot. It’s hot nearly everywhere. And in response, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed nearly a dozen streams this summer- including portions of the Yampa, Colorado, Fraser, Eagle, Animas, San Juan, and Dolores. Fishing on some is outright prohibited, on others it’s up to anglers. Streams can be closed for a variety of reasons, including high temperatures, low flows, low dissolved oxygen, or declining fish condition.

You can keep up to date on the evolving situation through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.


  1. Thanks for sharing the link. I’m about a week out from my next CO visit and navigating potential water closures has been on my mind.

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