U.S. Forest Service enacts temporary closures at George Creek, allowing CPW to begin native greenback cutthroat trout reintroduction RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. - The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing the area around upper George Creek August 13-19
CPW News Release
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Beginning Aug. 20, aquatic nuisance species inspection hours at Highline Lake State Park will be changing due to a reduction in staff. In addition, the East boat ramp will close for the season on Aug.12. The West ramp will remain open until further notice.
All boaters are reminded any watercraft normally requiring an inspection can launch only when Aquatic Nuisance Species inspectors are present.
The revised 2018 West boat ramp schedule at Highline Lake is as following:
Aug.5 - 19, boats can launch only between 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Aug. 20 - Sept. 3, boats can launch only between 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sept. 4 - 30 boats can launch only between 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
If aquatic nuisance inspectors are not on duty, the ramp will remain locked and boaters cannot launch until inspection teams arrive.
The invasive species most feared by water providers are quagga and zebra mussels. After arriving on ships from European countries and infesting waters in the eastern U.S., the miniscule stowaways quickly moved westward via canals and other waterways. In many cases, the mussels hitched a ride on recreational boats. They are now well-established, numbering in the billions in many waters across the country including several popular boating areas near Colorado.
The mussels attach themselves in great numbers to boats that have been in infested waters, even if only for a short time. Officials warn, if that boat launches in mussel-free waters without an inspection and a proper decontamination, the possibility of spreading the mussels is very high.
Bringing an invasive species into the state, or launching a boat without the required aquatic nuisance species inspection is illegal in Colorado.
CPW continues strenuous efforts to keep infested boats from entering the state's waters by providing inspection stations across the state. Boaters are reminded to always 'clean, drain and dry,' and never launch without either checking their vessels and following recommended procedures, or going through the required inspection.
For more information, contact Highline Lake State Park at 970-858-7208 or visit their website.
For more information about how to avoid spreading aquatic nuisance species, visit http://stopaquatichitchhikers.org/ and https://www.westernais.org/.