CPW to offer free entry to all Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday
Closure lifted, final clean-up work along the banks should be done by Nov. 23
One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second permit will be for the "rest of the park," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservation cost will be $2.
Negotiations for a new lease have been ongoing for months, but the renewed lease was not finalized before the previous agreement expired on October 31
Veterans and military members, residents and nonresidents, can visit any Colorado state park for free by showing proof of military service.
CPW will end the emergency salvage regulation November 3. CPW will apply copper-based molluscicide to the lake. Effective November 3 Highline Lake will close to fishing until further notice.
New law will require boaters 14-17 to take a boat safety class before they can legally operate a vessel on state waters. New law applies to motor boats and personal watercraft (such as jet skis) or sailboats
Paonia State Park will consider closing its boat ramp at Paonia Reservoir to motorized vessels on Tuesdays in future summers, and public feedback is needed in the decision-making process.
To facilitate annual maintenance, water that normally feeds the toilet bowl will be re-routed, leaving the large fish in the pool isolated and stressed while the work is ongoing.
CPW is announcing Highline Lake will be closed to all motorized boating for the 2024 boating season. Emergency fish salvage effective Monday, Oct. 9, is in place at Highline Lake until further notice.
The meeting will begin with a presentation covering past and present data to provide anglers with an understanding of the current status of the sport fisheries in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
One year after discovering zebra mussels at Highline Lake State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff found additional zebra mussels
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will dredge the Huck Finn Pond behind the Durango Fish Hatchery beginning the week of Oct. 16
Rusty crayfish were first discovered in Yampa River and Catamount Reservoir in 2009. Rusty crayfish are believed to have been illegally introduced to Colorado by anglers as bait.
CPW recently submitted fish from Ridgway Reservoir and the San Miguel River to be analyzed for metal contaminations. The results showed fish from these bodies of water are safe to eat as long as people follow statewide fish consumption guidelines.
CPW will continue to manage John Martin Reservoir State Park, which is operated under a separate agreement with the Corps
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is celebrating 30 years of National Public Lands Day with events in September and October including Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake Litter Cleanups
CPW's water quality team will discuss the history behind current water temperature standards and explain the reasons it wants to adjust the standards. The proposed standards would not allow warming of the river beyond historical levels and will protect the existing cold-water fishery.
Out of abundance of caution, CPW has closed the water to all activity except fishing to prevent the risk of exposure to humans and their pets
Some topics include: removing two special fishing restrictions on the Upper Arkansas River, adopting special condition regulations for artificial flies and regulations for trout fishing around the Guanella Pass area, and modifying regulations on the Blue River, Tenmile Creek and Dillon Reservoir
CPW is preparing the high alpine lake and part of the river for reintroduction of Hayden Creek cutthroat trout, a rare fish known only to the Arkansas River basin.
The event will have trained staff to help introduce participants to Fly fishing, archery, .22 rifle shooting, navigation, survival skills, and more!
Algae has become a seasonal problem at DeWeese, forcing CPW in recent summers to close the water to all activity except fishing to prevent the risk of exposure to humans and their pets
New warning signs posted at each boat ramp, both marinas and at the busiest beaches and shorelines at Lake Pueblo display QR codes that will take smartphone users to the NWS website where they can find a graphic that rates the chances of high winds each day.
Active-duty military, veterans and the National Guard get free admission to all Colorado state parks for the month of August.
CPW is warning of increased presence of potentially toxic algae found in North Sterling Res, Jackson Lake, Prewitt Res and Jumbo (Julesburg) Res.
Swimming, paddleboarding and wading will not be allowed near the marina and West Shades area. All skin-to-water contact should be avoided for humans and pets.
Meeting will be held at Roaring Fork Conservancy River Center. Topics will include USF&W endangered fish update, leases from Colorado Water Trust, leases from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and reservoir operations update
Fishing is still allowed, but be careful to avoid the water
The salvage is being implemented to mitigate imminent fish loss, as Sheriff Reservoir is being drawn down for necessary modernization and upgrades to the dam's outlet structure
Two boat passengers wearing life jackets resurfaced when the boat went underwater and were rescued by CPW rangers. A third passenger, who was wearing pants and boots but no life jacket, tried to swim to shore but quickly began struggling.
The meeting will be conducted virtually from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.
The swim area will remain closed until water sample testing shows a decrease in E. coli presence.
Recently, CPW has become aware of a significant market for live crayfish that are primarily imported into Colorado from outside of the state. CPW believes that the major species being imported is the red swamp crayfish, a species that is currently not allowed to be imported or possessed in Colorado.
Due to recent storms and heavy rainfall, Cherry Creek State Park is experiencing flooding in the park, which requires CPW to temporarily close park trails and facilities this coming weekend
The closure has been in place since June 2 after the lake was exposed to chemicals used for agriculture operations. Those herbicides can be toxic to aquatic life.
The Bureau of Reclamation expects to fill Green Mountain Reservoir in late June, leading to increased flows on the Blue River below Green Mountain Dam and in the Colorado River below the Blue River confluence near Kremmling.
This week, water is being released at a rate of about 3,365 cfs. Prior to this surge, water was being discharged at just about 200 cfs or less.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thu., June 22 and adjourn at 1 p.m. for a Commission field trip. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., June 23 and adjourn at 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live on CPW's YouTube page.
Heavy rains have caused water to fill the empty reservoir, flow over the spillway and flood a road.
The ruling is a set-back for anglers and other recreationalists hoping to gain wider access to many of Utah's waterways.
During the nine-day tournament there are no bag limits on northern pike and smallmouth bass at Elkhead Reservoir, and anglers have a chance to win multiple awards and prizes for legally harvesting these species. Tournament angling will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 and conclude on Sunday, June 25. There is no tournament entry fee.
CPW will hold its annual Family Cast, Blast & Twang event on Sat., June 10, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Nine Mile Guest Ranch, Meeker, Colorado.
The closure was authorized Friday afternoon following testing of the lake water as a result of a chemical exposure.
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.