OAK CREEK, Colo.--After a record breaking snowfall this winter in the Steamboat Springs area, the ice has finally melted away and the reservoir at Stagecoach State Park
is open to boating. Please remember unmarked hazards always exist but come out and enjoy the open water.
Spring time is an excellent time to visit Stagecoach State Park
. All campgrounds are open for tent and RV camping, but staff are still working on opening restroom and shower facilities. Please check www.parks.state.co.us for updated facility information.
Rainbow trout and big pike fish are feeding heavily in the coves and the inlet. These fish are accessible from the shore or boats. Powerbait and worms are best for rainbow trout averaging around 16 inches, and spoons and spinners are your best bet for pike. Remember, the state record northern pike came out of Stagecoach
in 2006 at over 30 pounds. Stagecoach State Park
offers great opportunities for picnicking, hiking and biking on eight miles of trails, as well as wildlife viewing. For more information, please contact the park office at 970-736-2436.
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, and the environment, as well as damage to water structures. 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.
Boats should be CLEANED, DRAINED and DRY before arriving at a reservoir:
-- DRAIN the water from the boat and live well.
--INSPECT all exposed surfaces.
--REMOVE all plant and animal material.
--CLEAN the hull of your boat.
--DRY the boat, fishing gear, and equipment.