McPhee Reservoir

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.

McPhee Boat Ramp Opening April 13

Apr 1, 2019
Daniel Rayzel

The McPhee boat ramp is set to open in less than two weeks to motorized vessels. 

Daniel Rayzel

In 2018, drought in the Four Corners was aggravated by a weak winter, leading to historically low inflow to McPhee Reservoir and the lack of any spills.


Now that nearly four months of above-average precipitation benefited snowpack and reduced drought conditions, what’s in store for McPhee?