Spring Run-off May Bring Record River Levels
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702
Contact: Mary Risser, Park Superintendent, (970) 374-3000
"We anticipate record spring run-offs on the rivers through Dinosaur National Monument," stated Superintendent Mary Risser. "We have record snow packs in both the Green River and Yampa River basins, and recent storms through the area have added to the snow pack. Plus, cool temperatures have delayed snowmelt run-off. We urge extreme caution when boating Dinosaur's rivers or even just being around rivers and streams."
The National Park Service relies upon forecasting from the Bureau of Reclamation, which works closely with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center and the National Weather Service, to plan for the season. This year, the snowpack conditions in the Yampa Basin are poised to provide the highest river flows since 1922 when records first began to be kept. The Yampa's highest flow of record – 33,600 cubic feet per second – occurred in 1984. Once the temperature starts to warm and the snowmelt run-off begins, the Yampa River is anticipated to peak between 29,000 and 39,000 cubic feet per second at Deerlodge.
"We want to remind people to think about safety when recreating or working near the area's rivers and streams," continued Risser. "Take the following into consideration."
ENJOY YOUR RIVERS SAFELY
Please remember that Dinosaur's weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions. For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also find us on facebook or follow DinosaurNPS on twitter.
Potential for high spring flows on the Green and Yampa Rivers
Did You Know?
A population of peregrine falcons has been established at Dinosaur National Monument. The park's rugged canyons make ideal habitat for the once endangered raptor. Fossils show that dinosaurs evolved into birds--and so still live in modified form at Dinosaur.