CRAIG, Colo.--Elkhead Reservoir is open for boating with both the east and west ramps open and the dock in place. However, unmarked hazards exist and staff will be putting buoys out during the next several weeks.
Water temperatures are very cold during the early season. It is especially important to wear a personal flotation device, as hypothermia sets in very quickly in cold water. All boats must be properly registered and equipped in accordance with the state law. Registrations and boating regulations are available at the park office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Boating safety classes are available to children ages 14 or 15 who wish to obtain a license to operate a boat or personal watercraft. Contact the park office at 970-276-2061 for information, or visit the boating section of the Colorado State Parks website.
With the recent discovery of zebra mussels at Lake Pueblo, Colorado State Parks are asking boaters and anglers help to protect Colorado waters from all aquatic invasive species (AIS). Zebra mussels are a non-native, invasive species that spread very quickly, having major impacts to boating, damage to water structures like municipal water systems and very harmful to the environment. Zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces and are known to clog intakes and engines on boats, as well as pipes and water transport structures. Colorado State Parks encourages all boaters to take a few simple, precautionary steps-- every time they go to a lake, or river.
Before leaving a lake or other waterway, boaters should: --DRAIN the water from the boat, live well and the lower unit of the engine --INSPECT all exposed surfaces. --REMOVE all plant and animal material. --CLEAN the hull of your boat. --DRY the boat, fishing gear, and equipment.