Lake Pueblo State Park reopens South Ramp in time for fishing season
Credit: CPW News Release
PUEBLO, Colo. After being closed for two months due to high water, the South Ramp at Lake Pueblo State Park is open and ready for boaters wanting to launch and take advantage of the start of fishing season.
For now, the South Ramp is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which coincides with the hours of operation for the mandatory inspection station for Aquatic Nuisance Species, or ANS.
On April 15, Lake Pueblo will switch to summer hours, meaning the ramps will be open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. After hours, the gates will be locked. No boats will be allowed to load or launch when ANS inspectors are not on duty.
We are committed to keeping Lake Pueblo free of zebra and quagga mussels, said Park Manager Monique Mullis. We appreciate the cooperation of the boating public in protecting our waters, and our important drinking water infrastructure, from these dangerous invasive species.
The dropping water level also allowed Mullis to reopen the North Picnic area. Like the South Ramp, the North Picnic area was closed after lake levels climbed in January, inundating shoreline areas. The park staff also was forced to close access to South Fishing and N-1 Day-Use Areas.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages Lake Pueblo State Park on property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which controls water levels in the lake.
The bureau built Lake Pueblo in 1970-75 as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas water diversion, storage and delivery project. It provides West Slope water to upwards of 1 million Front Range residents, primarily in southeastern Colorado, as well as agricultural irrigation.