Yampa River State Park

SOUTH BEACH A.K.A. YAMPA PROJECT PUMP STATION

SOUTH BEACH A.K.A.
YAMPA PROJECT PUMP
STATION is located
approximately three
miles south of Craig
off Colorado State
Highway 13. The
access road to the
large parking lot
belongs to Tri-State
and Trapper Mining
Inc. River users should
park in the large gravel
parking lot on the
west side of the pump
station. The water
intake channel is open
to fi shing, but boat
launching is prohibited.
Campsites and boat
ramp are located
through access in west
parking lot. To protect
natural resources, the
wooded area northeast
of the pump station
is open to foot traffi c
only. State Park passes
are required.

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

SOUTH BEACH A.K.A.
YAMPA PROJECT PUMP
STATION is located
approximately three
miles south of Craig
off Colorado State
Highway 13. The
access road to the
large parking lot
belongs to Tri-State
and Trapper Mining
Inc. River users should
park in the large gravel
parking lot on the
west side of the pump
station. The water
intake channel is open
to fi shing, but boat
launching is prohibited.
Campsites and boat
ramp are located
through access in west
parking lot. To protect
natural resources, the
wooded area northeast
of the pump station
is open to foot traffi c
only. State Park passes
are required.