Elkhead Reservoir open to boaters two weeks longer than originally scheduled
Park personnel initially planned to close the boat ramp on Oct. 9 however, additional ANS inspection funds became available making it possible to allow boating a little longer this year.
"We are happy to be able to provide a little extra time on the water and welcome everyone to take advantage," said Park Manager Jacob Brey. "The weather is still moderate but it won't be long before we go into winter mode, so come out while you still can."
Brey says after Oct. 2, the ANS inspection station at the boat ramp will open at 7 a.m. - 7 p.m however, if inspectors are not present, boaters should consider the ramp closed. Brey says watercraft exempt from ANS inspections can launch anytime as conditions allow.
"Boaters should find the inspection station fully staffed for the most part," said Brey. "But in the case the inspection station is not manned, for the protection of this reservoir, boaters cannot launch until the vessel has been inspected for aquatic nuisance species."
Due to the lower water levels typical for this time of year, the swim beach at the reservoir is currently closed until next year. In addition, boaters are cautioned to beware of unmarked hazards.
CPW reminds waterfowl hunters the Eastern and Western zones of the Pacific Flyway are divided on the Routt/Moffat County line at Elkhead Reservoir. It is the hunter's responsibility to know where they are hunting.
For more information, contact Elkhead Reservoir State Park at 970-276-2061, or visit them on the CPW website.