Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir was conceived in 1983 by the Board of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and designed to provide a reliable source of water for the growing population and economy of Northwest Colorado.

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Yamcolo Reservoir

The Yamcolo Reservoir was conceived by ranchers of the Upper Yampa Valley and the Toponas Basin in the early 1960's to alleviate frequent shortages of crucial irrigation water.

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Yampa River

Water Resources of the Yampa River Basin

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To protect the health and safety of staff, board members, and our community, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District will be operating from a virtual office until further notice. All public meetings will be held via video conferencing. To access the links for video meetings, please visit our events calendar. Please feel free to contact staff with any questions. Everyone stay safe and healthy during this difficult time!

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District's Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is now accepting applications for the Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project, a two-year pilot program offering grant funding for the installation of headgates and measuring devices in the Upper Yampa River Basin. The program is designed to streamline and simplify the grant application process to assist water users in completing projects. Please contact Communications & Marketing Manager, Holly Kirkpatrick with any questions regarding this program.

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District Mission Statement

“To lead water resource management within the District’s boundaries by responsibly conserving, protecting, developing, providing and enhancing the water resources of the Yampa River Basin. The District will initiate and participate in projects that embody and promote the protection of water rights, provide broad benefits to District constituents and develop projects that provide responsible conservation, responsible growth, beneficial water storage and usage, and public awareness within the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District”.


About Us

Formed in 1966 to plan and construct water conservation projects including Yamcolo (1980) and Stagecoach (1989) Reservoirs in order to capture snowmelt and release it into the Yampa River to supplement low flow during dry periods. Since then, the District has furnished water supply for agricultural irrigation, municipalities, industries, recreation and the environment, at the same time generating carbon neutral hydropower. In addition, the District acts as the guardian of critical water rights in the Yampa Valley. The District is governed by a board of nine directors and collects revenue from water contracts, electrical power generation, and tax levy. The district boundaries includes most of Routt County and a portion of Moffat County.Learn More

Grant Program

Grant Programs

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District has numerous grant opportunities. Please contact us for additional information.  

River Flows

River Flows/
Water Quality

Current flows and water quality for the Upper Yampa Basin