Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) formally kicks off the 2021 boating season regardless of the presence of ice in components of the state.
Various state park reservoirs had been opened for boating on Thursday and Friday, together with Boyd Lake, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Jackson Lake and North Sterling.
Right here is an summary of a number of the tank openings:
North Sterling State Park is open for boating!
ANS inspection hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days every week, till additional discover.
A model new dock is put in and able to use on the Elks Ramp. The south ramp remains to be closed presently. pic.twitter.com/kdHJujsUby
– CPW NE area (@CPW_NE) March 19, 2021
Boat inspections for aquatic nuisance species (ANS), corresponding to zebra or quagga mussels, are essential earlier than embarking on any Colorado physique of water.
“Colorado’s parks and wildlife proceed to satisfy the problem of defending the state’s waters and infrastructure from dangerous aquatic species,” mentioned Robert Walters, ANS program director at CPW. “However because the boating season approaches, we proceed to hunt the assistance of boat homeowners to keep up our mussel-free standing.”
As warming temperatures thaw lakes and reservoirs across the state, many are nonetheless frozen over. One of the most important reservoirs in Colorado, Eleven Mile reported an ice thickness of 30 inches.
Earlier than leaving, be sure to have a legitimate state park go and legitimate boating and fishing licenses. For extra info on boating in Colorado, you’ll be able to go to CPW’s fundamental boating web page.