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Boat ramp at Jackson Lake State Park to close on Sunday
Jackson Lake State Park is closing its boat ramp and shoreline marina for the season at the end of the day on Sunday due to low water levels and a lack of staffing.

As the fall season progresses and the irrigation season is coming to a close on the northeast plains, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has already or will be closing a number of its properties to boating. Concurrently, aquatic invasive species (ANS) watercraft inspection and decontamination stations at these reservoirs will stop running through the winter after their last days.

At Jackson Lake State Park, the lake will remain open for ANS-exempt vessels, which includes hand-launched, non-motorized vessels such as kayaks, canoes, rafts, belly boats, windsurfer boards, sailboards, float tubes, inner tubes, paddleboards and foldable plastic boats.

Jackson Lake will reopen to boating on March 1, 2022, depending on ice conditions.

Here are the current closures or upcoming closure dates for other reservoirs on the northeast plains.

Barr Lake State Park
Boat ramp closed for the season on Monday, Sept. 6, but the reservoir remains open for hand-launched vessels until Oct. 31. Barr Lake has a vendor - 5280 Paddle Sports - that will be renting out stand-up paddleboarding equipment on Saturdays and Sundays in September.

Prewitt Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Hand-launched vessels are still allowed, but water levels are too low to launch a trailered boat.

Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area
The boat ramp will close for the season on Sept. 30.

North Sterling State Park
Its south boat ramp will close on Nov. 1.

CPW encourages outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of the last weeks of adventure at lakes around the state, but kindly asks that hours of operation and winter closures be respected.

While the weather changes, the threat posed to Colorado waters by invasive species remains present. Per Colorado state law, watercraft requiring an aquatic nuisance species inspection may not launch outside the hours of operation, or when inspectors are not on duty. Boat ramp gates are physically closed when the inspection station is not open.
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