ORCHARD, Colo. – Jackson Lake State Park announced Tuesday that the water level in the lake is dropping and the anticipated last date for launching a boat is July 25. The boat ramp will be out of the water at this time, said Jackson Lake State Park Manager Brad Jackson.
“We will allow hand launch only until such time the water has receded enough from the ramp,” said Jackson. “Vehicles may back the trailer only off of the concrete ramp to hand launch a vessel. Vehicles will not be permitted on any part of the lake bottom.”
The two swim beaches will close on July 9, as well, he said. Visitors can check the water level by checking to the park’s website, http://www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/JacksonLake/ or by calling the park office at 970-645-2551.
The water level is dropping due to the lack of precipitation and the need for water for irrigation. All of the water in Jackson Lake is owned by an irrigation company and other entities. Colorado Parks and Wildlife leases the surface rights for recreation.
The park will remain open all year for camping, wildlife viewing, OHV riding on the track and many other activities. The annual chili and Dutch oven cook-off will still take place in September. Hunting ducks from boats this fall will not be possible because boats can’t be launched, said Jackson.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.