Summer Watersports

Want to make a splash in Steamboat Springs this summer? There are plenty of on-water activities to partake in. To get you into the spirit, the 36th annual Yampa River Festival and SUP Cup will kick off the season June 3-5. This family-friendly weekend starts with the Paddling Life Creek Kayak Race on Fish Creek on Friday followed by rafting, kayak, and SUP events on Saturday and Sunday at Charlie’s Hole directly in front of the Bud Werner Memorial Library. More information available on the festivities here.



One thing to make sure you check off your Steamboat bucket list this summer is tubing. As the river hits prime tubing Backdoor Sports and Bucking Rainbow Outfitters are located right on Yampa Street and will be happy to help with rentals.

Remember, here in Steamboat we like to keep our rivers clean and free of garbage, so make sure to pick up anything that you may have dropped in and around the river. More information on tubing outfitters and what to bring on the river.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a great way to cruise the waterways in Steamboat. From touring around on flatwater or taking your SUP down the Yampa River, you are definitely in for an exciting day. Check out Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures to take a lesson or try out a rental board.



Want to learn to kayak but don’t have any of the equipment? Don’t worry, Mountain Sports Kayak School has all the gear and offers instruction for kayakers. Start off getting to know your kayak then head down the Yampa to get the feel for waves and river currents.

You can also rent a kayak and go on an adventure up to Steamboat Lake or Pearl Lake, north of Steamboat Springs. Paddle around while you take in the beautiful scenery of the Zirkel Wilderness.