The low water levels are also having impacts in Steamboat Springs.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) closed fishing on the section of the Yampa River running through Steamboat. A big reason for the closure is due to water temperature impacting the fish.
“As the oxygen levels drop and the water temperatures increase, that causes the fish to stress out and then as the flows drop it does congregate these fish in tighter areas,” said Jeff Spohn, Senior Aquatic Biologist for the Platte River Basin.
Wildlife officials said the water in the Yampa River is consistently reaching more than 75 degrees later in the day. Trout often stop feeding and become more susceptible to disease in high temperatures.
Anglers are not legally prohibited from fishing in the stretch of the river, but CPW and Steamboat Springs are asking people to find alternative places to fish until conditions improve.
A section of Clear Creek in Golden is still flowing at safe levels for the many tubers who go there to enjoy. The USGS measures the water flow through Stream Gauging Stations along the creek. People can go to their website to learn how many cubic feet per second are flowing by at once in order to make a decision on where to recreate.