Credit: Colorado State Parks
ORCHARD, Colo. - Jackson Lake State Park will open to boating on Saturday, March 13, at 8:00 a.m. The reservoir is free of ice and the boat dock has been installed. The aquatic nuisance species (ANS) inspection station will also be open.
All vessels need to be inspected for ANS before launching. The inspection station will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Vessels are not allowed to launch before or after these times unless they have an ANS inspection seal. Please contact the park for more information on the seal system.
The water temperature is in the low forties, so boaters need to take the necessary precautions. Boaters should de-winterize and inspect their vessels prior to launching to make sure everything is working properly. Make sure that the required safety gear is on board and stowed appropriately.
The fishing has been excellent for wiper and trout in the inlet canal. Look for flocks of gulls working the top of the water to find the schools of wiper. White twister tail jigs, plastic shad imitation jigs and marabou jigs have been working well.
Camping is open all year and the shower buildings will open the beginning of April. Bring along your OHV and enjoy the one and a half mile track on the south side of the lake.
Over 60 bald eagles have been seen at the park recently. The eagles use the lake as a resting area on their migration north. Please contact Jackson Lake State Park for more information at (970) 645-2551 or Jackson.firstname.lastname@example.org.