Dolores River

Nara Bopp was working at a thrift store in Moab, Utah the morning of March 4 when her desk started moving. 

“I immediately assumed that it was a garbage truck,” Bopp said.

Daniel Rayzel

If you’re a boater who loves the Lower Dolores, you likely check in with the Dolores Water Conservancy District’s website for updates on a McPhee Reservoir “spill.”

Those updates are carefully curated by several groups with Lower Dolores interests, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Dolores River Boating Advocates. 

Daniel Rayzel

The Dolores Water Conservancy District has announced a managed release, also known as a “spill,” from McPhee Reservoir in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

Dr. Cynthia Dott and Dr. Julie Knudson

The latest forecast from the Dolores Water Conservancy District points toward McPhee Reservoir filling by Memorial Day. For boaters, the increasing likelihood of a spill means a chance to boat down the Lower Dolores River.


For life along the banks, a spill means a chance for a big gulp of water.

Still from 'The Chicken Raper'

The Dolores River is home to whitewater rapids known by many names, such as the Stateline, the Narrows and … the Chicken Raper.