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.
Tournament saw 58 anglers participate, up from 25 in 2021. A cash prize purse was distributed among anglers who caught the most fish as well as prizes awarded to anglers who turned in any of the 25 tagged fish that were worth various cash prizes.
Aquatic research scientists on Colorado's Western Slope have embarked on multiple projects to protect three native fish species endemic to the Upper Colorado River Basin and its tributaries. A new documentary film titled 'The Native 3' helps tell that story.
Declining water levels at Vega State Park have prompted Park managers to close the Island boat ramp Sunday, September 25.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns John Martin Reservoir, is planning to do routine maintenance work on its dam starting on Sept. 27 with a planned completion date of Oct. 12. The first two-day closure will be Sept. 27-28, and if completed on time the east ramp will close again on Oct. 11-12.
Recent weather patterns and cooler overnight temperatures have improved conditions on the Yampa River, prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife to lift voluntary fishing closure.
A recent algae bloom and high water temperatures at Elaine T. Valente Lakes in Adams County have created low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water and caused numerous fish to die.
Three recent drownings pushed the number of water recreation-related fatalities in Colorado to 36, including 34 confirmed recreation-related drownings, making 2022 the deadliest year ever across city, county and state rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
A recent algae bloom and high water temperatures at Mann-Nyholt Lake in Adams County Fairground Lakes have created low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water and caused numerous fish to die.
Beginning in 2023, Colorado residents will see a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass added to their annual vehicle registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This new annual pass gives all Coloradans easy access to all state parks and the added benefit of investing in our great outdoors and wildlife in a meaningful way.
A year after a catastrophic debris flow decimated over 20 miles of the Cache la Poudre River fishery, 24 volunteers joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists to begin the painstaking process of rebuilding fish populations.
Afternoon voluntary fishing closure on the Eagle River from Wolcott to Eagle County Fairgrounds has been removed. Eagle River from the Eagle County Fairgrounds to the Colorado River Confluence has been modified from full day to afternoon voluntary fishing closure.
Voluntary afternoon closures had previously been in place on the Animas River through Durango, Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir, San Juan River through Pagosa Springs and on Tomichi Creek through the Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area near Gunnison.
The purpose of this check station is to stop any vessel with the potential to transport invasive plants and animals from entering the state's waters in order to mitigate negative impacts to natural resources and outdoor recreation.
Levels will drop roughly 28 feet to deadpool.
Fraser River (Fraser to the Colorado River confluence) and Colorado River (Red Dirt Creek to Rifle) sections closures are lifted. Other closures remain in effect such as those on the Yampa and Eagle Rivers.
Closure due to low water levels that have eliminated access to trailer-launched boats, which creates unsafe boating conditions and the ramp unsuitable for use. To maximize angling opportunities, ANS inspections will still be offered for hand-launched vessels with electric or fueled motors.
Partners have completed a multi-year partnership effort to acquire and manage Shaw Reservoir, located in the headwaters of the South Fork of the Rio Grande. The Conservancy District and BLM will maintain a conservation pool at Shaw Reservoir, which will stabilize the fish population and provide optimal conditions for recreational fishing
Whether floating off the swim beach or cruising along trails, the disabled community will find a world of adventures at Ridgway State Park.
On Monday, August 15, boat inspections at Vega State park will end at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Boat inspections will continue to occur during regular summer hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
CPW is implementing a full-day voluntary fishing closure from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the western edge of Steamboat Springs town limits on the Yampa River until further notice
CPW Northwest Region Sportsperson's Caucus holding meeting to discuss a variety of important issues involving hunting, fishing, and conservation at the Grand Junction Regional Office on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Steve Keefer will hang up his duty belt after 36 years as a wildlife officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. His retirement will leave a void in the agency he has served all these years.
U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing the area around upper George Creek, Aug. 15-18, as CPW begins non-native fish removal activity in the area
Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 13, Chatfield will begin shortened ANS boat inspection hours at its South Boat Ramps due to staffing shortage. Jackson Lake State Park and Barr Lake State Park both closed Sunday evening due to low water levels.