If you are going to be in Steamboat during the first weekend of June, you need to check out the Yampa River Festival! The flagship event of Friends of The Yampa, the Yampa River Festival is a true hometown celebration of our friend the Yampa River. This year, the 41st annual will be in person on June 4th and 5th!
With a gem as priceless as the Yampa River flowing through our backyard, it is important to show our respect. The annual Yampa River Festival, held each spring, is the premier opportunity to show our community respect for the river while enjoying spring flows.
The Yampa River flows through 270 miles of northwest Colorado before joining the Green River in Dinosaur National Park. With only a few small reservoirs in its upper stretches, the Yampa River flows mostly unimpeded. The wild nature of the Yampa River is unique among the Colorado River system that is otherwise controlled, managed and tapped to its limit.
Annually boaters and anglers descend on the Yampa River each spring to achieve greatness in their respective sports. Whether you kayak, raft, tube, canoe, SUP, packraft or float another craft, the Yampa River Festival has something for everyone. And if you aren’t inclined to jump on the water yourself, there are plenty of opportunities to spectate, have a cold beer, some great food and show your respect for the Yampa River at this year’s Yampa River Festival.
It is with great thanks to all the passionate and dedicated river enthusiasts, partners, and supporters that this event continues to be the gem that it is today. For 2021, the River Fest will still have COVID protocols with some limited access, reduced and managed spectators maintaining proper social distancing, reduced number of vendors, etc, all in an effort to do our part, and play within the State and County COVID rules.
While following all the latest safety guidelines, we hope that our river friends will join us to celebrate this year’s Yampa River Festival between June 4th and 5th, 2021. The main event is on Saturday, June 5th.
SEE YOU ON THE RIVER!
|Date||Time||Event||Start Location||Event Sponsor||Arrival Time|
|6/4/2021||12-6 PM||Gear Swap at Backdoor Sports|
|6/4/2021||6:00 PM||Fish Creek Kayak Race||Mt. Werner Water||Smartwool||5:00 PM (Hard start at 6pm)|
|6/5/2021||9:00 AM||Kayak Slalom||Rich Weiss Park||Good Vibes||8:45 AM|
|6/5/2021||10:30 AM||Pack Raft Race||Charlie’s Hole||Backdoor Sports||10:10 AM|
|6/5/2021||11-1PM||SUP/Kayak Demos at Fetcher Pond||Fetcher Park|
|6/5/2021||11:00 AM||Open Class Downriver Kayak Race||Fetcher Park||Yampa River Fund||10:30 AM|
|6/5/2021||12:00 PM||SUP Downriver Race||Fetcher Park||Hala GearOnline||11:30 AM|
|6/5/2021||1:00 PM||Raft Race||Fetcher Park||Hala GearSpace||12:15 PM|
|6/5/2021||2:00 PM||Raft Rodeo Exhibition||Charlie’s Hole||No Sponsor||Be ready at start|
|6/5/2021||2:30 PM||SUP Cross||Charlie’s Hole||CKS Online||2:00 PM|
|6/5/2021||3:30 PM||Kayak Cross (heats of 3)||Charlie’s Hole||Grass Sticks||3:00 PM|
|6/5/2021||4:30 PM||Tube Rodeo||Charlie’s Hole||Hog Island||Be ready at start|
|6/5/2021||5:30 PM||Kayak Rodeo||Charlie’s Hole||Backdoor Sports||Be ready at start|
|6/5/2021||6:30 PM||AWARDS; Beer Service Ends||Charlie’s Hole|
|6/5/2021||7:00 PM||Event Ends and Breakdown||Charlie’s Hole|
(information and text taking from Friend’s of the Yampa website)