In 2013, Western Rivers Conservancy purchased a small but critical property on Colorado’s upper Yampa River, three miles downstream of Stagecoach Reservoir. The acquisition created new public access to a coveted stretch of trophy trout water and conserved the only unprotected land within an area that is otherwise safeguarded by wilderness, parks and wildlife areas. The property spans 45 acres at the confluence of Sarvis Creek and the Yampa River and is known as Hubbard’s Summer Camp.
Although a 45-acre acquisition is relatively small, the impact of the purchase is anything but. In addition to creating angler and hunter access to a prime destination only 13 miles from Steamboat Springs, the project enhances ongoing conservation efforts to restore habitat for rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. It conserves extensive forests of lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, scrub oak, ponderosa pine and aspen, as well as riparian stands of alder, willow and red osier dogwood. Black bear, Canada lynx, mountain lion and Rocky Mountain elk are among the many wildlife species that inhabit the area.
In December 2014, WRC conveyed Hubbard’s Summer Camp to the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, which can now manage the land for the sake of conservation and public access. Most of the land surrounding Hubbard’s Summer Camp is already protected. The property is bordered by the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area and BLM lands. Now that Hubbard’s Summer Camp is publicly owned, the confluence of Sarvis Creek and the Yampa River is in public hands as well—and forever protected.
Critical support for our work on Sarvis Creek has been provided by the L.P. Brown Foundation, The Conservation Alliance, Laura Jane Musser Fund and Kenney Brothers Foundation.
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Western Rivers Conservancy is heading to the river this Black Friday when we #OptOutside with REI and millions of others who've decided to skip the madness of the mall and hit the great outdoors. Our destination of choice, of course, is the sweet smelling, soul soothing river, where we'll hike, fish, birdwatch and maybe even do a little winter kayaking. We hope you'll do the same!
To help you decide where to go, here's an abbreviated Field Guide to WRC Rivers--places where we have acquired land to protect habitat and create and improve public river access for all! And if you like these rivers, support our efforts to do more on great rivers around the West.
See you on the river!
Sep 22, 2015
This Saturday more than 40 people gathered on the banks of the Yampa River to celebrate the successful conservation of the historic Hubbard Summer Camp, near the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek. Representatives of Western Rivers Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Yampa River System Legacy Partnership, the Yampa Valley Flyfishers, and the Routt County Board of Commissioners were in attendance.
Dec 8, 2014
Last year, Western Rivers Conservancy set out to protect an outstanding reach of the upper Yampa River and open access to some of the finest trophy trout water in Colorado. We are thrilled to announce, “We did it!” WRC successfully conveyed a historic, 45-acre property at the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The agencies will now manage the lands for the sake of fish and wildlife conservation and for low-impact public access.