Park manager expects the west ramp to remain closed the rest of the season, barring a huge surge of water from upstream. Guests are invited to launch their boats (smaller crafts) from the East Boat Ramp.
The north boat ramp will be open, while water reservoir levels need to increase before the south ramp can be inserted.
A rockslide to the north of Paonia State Park on Colorado Highway 133 has been cleared, and the park reopens to the public May 17.
The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates allowing more water through Lake Estes this spring which may lead to higher-than-average streamflow in the Big Thompson Canyon
East Lake View Road will remain closed indefinitely, as long-term repairs will be needed. Drivers can use East Cherry Creek Dam Road as an alternate route across the north side of the park. The high reservoir levels have submerged the east and west boat ramps.
CPW will be expanding roadside ANS inspection operations to seven additional locations in 2023, with operations occurring in two different locations on each event date.
CPW has determined the reservoir can not maintain a viable fishery through the 2023 fishing season due to preparation for repairs to be made on the dam next year.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff from AHRA, Area 13 in Salida and the Mount Shavano Fish Hatchery will have booths at the festival to welcome guests.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 20, volunteers will work along the banks of the Arkansas River, from Granite, south of Leadville, to Canon City, collecting trash and debris in preparation for the busy summer boating and angling season.
The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates allowing the majority of Big Thompson River water to pass through Lake Estes this spring and early summer, resulting in higher-than-average streamflows in the Big Thompson Canyon during the 2023 snowmelt season.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeking public input on proposed changes to State Wildlife Area regulations through May 24, 2023
Eleven Mile opens to boating May 5 - the north ramp parking lot will be closed May 1-3 to install a high-tech break water system. Spinney Mountain opens April 21, but due to low water levels, only hand-launched vessels and shoreline fishing will be allowed.
Although Sandy Flesh disease is not believed to be transmittable to humans, CPW recommends no one consume a walleye they suspect is infected. Instead, the agency asks the angler to report it and turn photos so they can be analyzed at CPW's Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory.
To apply, a resident must show a Colorado photo identification card, complete an application and meet the 2023 income requirements. Residents who are eligible for the following state and federal aid programs, regardless of income requirements, also qualify for a Centennial State Park Pass
Motorized boaters should prepare for boating season on the Cherry Creek Reservoir by registering their vessels and completing the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspection. Visitors to the park should be prepared to pay an additional $3 for the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Fee
The America's Outdoor Recreation Act contains dozens of separate but related provisions aimed at expanding and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities at federal lands, including those managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the USDA Forest Service.
Current annual licenses expire March 31.
In-person public meeting will be at Rifle Gap State Park on Thursday, March 16, to learn more and provide input on proposed changes at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap State Parks with the recent discovery of zebra mussels at nearby Highline Lake. CPW park staff is recommending closing boat ramp gates once boat inspection hours have ended.
A tireless work ethic, a commitment to improving habitat and access for hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers and a record of saving the state thousands of dollars by winning grants for projects
CPW looks to fill two sportsperson representative positions in the CO-OP. The role of this group is to advise CPW and the Department of Natural Resources in developing and advancing strategies to achieve the CO-OP's vision.
The clinic is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hayden Meadows Reservoir south of Leadville. Take U.S. Highway 24 to Lake County Road 10, turn east and park in the lot.
The Spring Sportsperson's Caucus in-person and Zoom meeting set for Wednesday, February 15 from 6-8 p.m. in Grand Junction
An open bidding process for a contracted marina operator will occur this summer, with the contracted operator beginning in 2024.
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The fixed starting date is to accommodate staffing needs and weather conditions.
Ice fishing at Gross Reservoir is closed for the 2022-2023 season due to ongoing construction of the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project
CPW celebrates a decades-long conservation success. The "Gold Medal" standard is 60 pounds of fish per acre along with at least 12 quality trout of 14 inches or greater per acre.
The reservoir is experiencing unprecedented, dangerous pressure ridges. The pressure ridges may be stable in the cool, early morning hours however the ridges will break as the day warms up
CPW offers refund options to cover the time between when a current annual state park pass expires and when a vehicle registration is due. All regularly priced CPW daily or annual park passes are still available to customers.
CPW will maintain a mandatory full-day fishing closure on the 0.6-mile stretch of the Yampa River between the dam at Stagecoach Reservoir downstream to the lowermost park boundary due to high uncertainty and fluctuations in water releases.
CPW will discuss the search for a new director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, launch of its Keep Colorado Wild park pass, and updates on aquatics issues in the region among more.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is celebrating its third most successful year of kokanee salmon spawning at Wolford Reservoir. Wolford Reservoir led the state with the most eggs collected from a single body of water with 2.7 million eggs. Lake Nighthorse in the Southwest came in second with 2.3 million eggs collected.
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin refilling Lake Estes and Marys Lake in Estes Park, Colorado the week of December 19, 2022, following maintenance on Olympus Dam and the East Portal of the Adams Tunnel.
Helpful safety advice lists for venturing onto the ice. While a great reason to get outdoors in the winter months, ice can be dangerous without proper preparation and an understanding of the dangers.
CPW staff first discovered the presence of invasive zebra mussels at Highline Lake State Park on an artificial PVC substrate in the lake during routine invasive species sampling on Sept. 14
Closures are implemented to protect vulnerable wildlife during the tough winter months when animals are pushed off higher-elevation habitat and when the quality of forage is not the greatest
Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park are scheduled to close to boating at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Previous mark had stood for 75 years
Among other items, the Commission will make final considerations on revising the walleye bag and possession limits at Rifle Gap, revising a fishing restriction in Vallecito Creek, and revising personal floatation device types to match U.S. Coast Guard changes.
Veterans and military members, residents and non-residents, can visit any Colorado state park for free by showing proof of military service on Nov. 11, 2022. (Vehicles displaying a Colorado disabled veteran or Purple Heart license plate receive free entry to all state parks year-round.)
An emergency fish salvage has been in place since July 25 due to the low water level in Jumbo Reservoir with the combination of high irrigation demand created by severe drought. CPW encourages anglers to consider other waters on the northeastern plains while the fishery is being rebuilt.
All ramps will close for the season on Monday, November 28
This Sunday, Nov. 6, marks the end of daylight saving time in Colorado. This means drivers will set their clocks back an hour, see dusk earlier and witness more wild animals migrating to their wintering habitats during rush-hour traffic on highways.
One of the most exciting developments is the Keep Colorado Wild Pass. With the upcoming 2023 vehicle registrations, Colorado residents will see a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass added to their annual vehicle registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
CPW changed the status of the body of water from "Suspect" to "Infested." This is the first time a body of water has been categorized as infested with zebra mussels in the state of Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will take possession of the 700-slip North Shore Marina at Lake Pueblo State Park on Nov. 1 and hopes to find interim operator and keep boats docked all winter. The current operator surrendered her contract to the state on Tuesday.
Witnesses said a kayak carrying an adult and child capsized in heavy waves, driven by winds that gusted from 35-45 mph.
Due to decreased water flow from Stagecoach Reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will implement a mandatory full-day fishing closure on a 0.6-mile stretch of the Yampa River between the dam at Stagecoach State Park downstream to the lowermost park boundary.
Beginning Nov. 1, the reservoir will only be open to hand-launched boats. Only exempt vessels will be allowed on the water. Ridgway State Park will conduct ANS inspections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 31.
Cutting power not only impacts the fueling station, bathrooms, wastewater systems and marina store, it affects the 700 or so boats stored in slips rented from the private vendor who operates the marina on a contract with CPW.