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.
Beginning August 15, the inspection station will be closed and barriers will be in place. While the boat ramp will be closed, the reservoir is still open to paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. This is six weeks earlier than last year's closing, and two and a half months earlier than the normal closure date of October 31.
A week after closure for E. coli, swim beach is cleared to reopen at Lake Pueblo State Park
The section of the Colorado River within SWA boundaries upstream from the Kemp-Breeze Bridge will remain open during construction - but downstream from the Kemp-Breeze bridge will be closed to unauthorized personnel.
New state record Brook Trout weighed 7.84 pounds, measured 23-1/4 inches in length, and had a girth of 15-3/8 inches
Upstream reservoir releases benefitting the Colorado River along with recent weather patterns have led to cooler river temperatures and increased flows in sections of the Yampa River and Colorado River.
A routine water quality test revealed higher than allowable E. coli bacteria levels.
Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of service. Passes become available on Aug. 1, 2022.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed Flagler Reservoir in the Flagler Reservoir State Wildlife Area indefinitely on Tuesday as heavy rains caused water to fill the empty reservoir, flow over the spillway and flood a road.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 10, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Jumbo Reservoir is expected to decline to a point that will likely result in a loss of the entire fishery resource.
Grants include: River's Edge in Loveland, Dolores River, Vallecito Reservoir, Bennett Pond, Paintbrush Pond in Castle Rock, Eagle Kid's Pond, and Monument Lake
CPW is offering free entry to all Colorado state parks on Monday, Aug. 1
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
CPW will host the Ladies Cast, Blast & Fling workshop for new hunters and fisherwomen Aug. 19-21 at the Jim Olterman Lone Cone State Wildlife Area south of Norwood.
Temperatures in these rivers have regularly risen above 71 degrees in the last week and stream flows are below 50% of daily average. This puts extra stress on fish, and anglers may find it difficult to safely release fish that are caught.
Several days of above-average air temperatures and river temperatures have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to extend and implement new voluntary fishing closures on the Colorado, Eagle, and Yampa Rivers
On the evening of July 18, Colorado TU will be hosting its first Troutfest event - taking place at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver! Individual General Admission tickets are $25 and include ballpark food with cash bar available for drinks. VIP Admission includes expanded food offerings and 2 drink tickets per ticket + VIP seating.
Beginning Friday, July 15, CPW is placing voluntary fishing closures in effect from 12:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. daily on sections of the Fraser River, Colorado River, and Eagle River.
The ANS program has been utilizing heated power washers for decontamination since its inception in 2008. Starting in 2018, The ANS program began piloting a transition from heated power washers to tankless water heaters for its decontamination purposes.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Monday ordered an emergency public fish salvage at Queens Reservoir about 15 miles north of Lamar in Kiowa County due to declining water levels related to intensifying drought conditions.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thu., July 21 and adjourn at 3 p.m. for a Commission tour of Sweetwater Lake. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., July 22 and adjourn at noon.
The salvage is being implemented to mitigate imminent fish loss, as Groundhog Reservoir is being drawn down to accommodate repairs to the dam's outlet structure. This has resulted in poor water quality conditions and loss of refuge habitat for trout.
Rangers at Lake Pueblo State Park recovered a body off the popular North Sailboard beach area Thursday shortly after receiving a call for help that a woman had gone missing from shore.
In the past decade, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists and researchers have confirmed the existence of native Greenback cutthroat trout long after they were believed to be extinct.
This enforcement operation is timed closely to the July 4th holiday each year to educate boaters on the dangers of boating under the influence and reduce the number of accidents on waterways
Recreation at Gross Reservoir will remain closed for multiple weeks following the June 18 fatal accident at the Gross Reservoir
CPW is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing after noon on the 4-mile section of Tomichi Creek that runs through CPW'S Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area east of Gunnison, due to water temperatures. The voluntary fishing closure is in effect immediately.