Long runoff season winding down
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s rivers are dropping from peak flows as the last of the snowpack melts off the high peaks. River managers have lifted a high-water advisory for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, opening some restricted areas for boating, included the Numbers and Royal Gorge.
Flows may come back up again in the next few days, as monsoon rainstorms return, but the big snowmelt is over, as the readings at many SNOTEL sites dip toward for the first in eight months after a long winter.
In a press release, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife said flows are now mild to moderate in Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The agency said lower flows are also good news for anglers, who have suffered through an uncharacteristically long runoff season.
In Boulder, tubing restrictions have been lifted on Boulder Creek.
In Summit County, the inflow into Dillon Reservoir dropped below 2,000 cubic feet per second for the first time in several weeks, prompting Denver Water to cut the outflow below Dillon Dam.