Yampa River State Park

DUFFY MOUNTAIN River Access Site

DUFFY MOUNTAIN is located 32 miles downstream
from South Beach and about 30 miles southwest
of Craig. Take U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig for 19
miles to Moffat County Road 17. County Road 17 is
located near the town of Lay. Drive approximately
10.2 miles to Bureau of Land Management Road
1593 and turn left. The river access site is one
mile farther on the right. Improvements at the
site include a vault toilet, parking and picnic sites.
Overnight camping is available. State Park passes
are required. Boat ramp is available.
Note: For legal and safety reasons, parking at
Government bridge is not permitted.
Boating at Yampa River State Park

Yampa River boaters have 13 access points in the 134-mile-long Yampa River State Park portion of the river, stretching from Hayden, Colorado, to Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah border (permits required within Dinosaur National Monument). All access sites have some type of river access for boating or limited walk-wade fishing. Seven sites have developed ramps. Six of the accesses have camping with restrooms, hardened pads with tables and grills. The camping-area access sites have between five and 10 campsites, depending on the area. Many of these access sites allow you to float onto BLM lands which offer a primitive (undeveloped) camping experience along the way.

The river flow varies between Class I-II and Class V rapids. The majority of the Yampa River is Class I-II. with Juniper Canyon being III-IV, depending on flows. The Cross Mt. Canyon segment is class IV-V and can be impassible, depending on flows. In March and April, the flow averages 500 to 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). In May and June, flows reach 5000 to13,000 cfs. From late June through August, flows will drop to 500 cfs, and go up to 750 cfs in late September.

Depending on river flows, developed ramps may be closed for safety and legal reasons.

Directions

DUFFY MOUNTAIN is located 32 miles downstream
from South Beach and about 30 miles southwest
of Craig. Take U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig for 19
miles to Moffat County Road 17. County Road 17 is
located near the town of Lay. Drive approximately
10.2 miles to Bureau of Land Management Road
1593 and turn left. The river access site is one
mile farther on the right. Improvements at the
site include a vault toilet, parking and picnic sites.
Overnight camping is available. State Park passes
are required. Boat ramp is available.
Note: For legal and safety reasons, parking at
Government bridge is not permitted.