Partial boat ramp closures at Antero Reservoir
Denver Water Board Press Release
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May 21, 2010 - Antero Reservoir's north boat ramp will be closed May 24 and 28 due to schedule adjustments for the state employees who manage the aquatic nuisance species inspections. The reservoir's south boat ramp will be open on those dates from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
Boat inspections began May 7. The south boat ramp is open seven days a week, from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. The regular hours for the north boat ramp are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. The north boat ramp is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Both ramps close for the season Sunday, Oct 31. Overnight
beaching of boats is prohibited.
When the boat ramps are open, all trailered boats are subject to mandatory aquatic nuisance species inspections provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with Denver Water.
Denver Water takes the threat of aquatic nuisance species, like zebra and quagga mussels, very seriously. The mussels pose a high threat of spreading to other reservoirs and waterways throughout the state. The primary threat in Colorado is mussel movement through recreational boating, as the mussels can easily "hitchhike" by attaching themselves to boat hulls, trailers and aquatic plants.
Invasive mussels can clog pipes, valves, gates and any water-related equipment or surface. They can ruin boats by jamming equipment and causing motor damage, and they destroy fisheries by consuming nutrients and wrecking the food chain.
Boat inspections are needed to maintain the integrity of the state's boating and fishing communities, as well as its water quality.
To shorten inspection times, boaters are asked to make sure that boats and trailers are cleaned, drained and dried after every use. This procedure will dramatically lessen the chance of mussels spreading in Colorado.
More information about zebra and quagga mussels can be found at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/MandatoryBoatInspections.htm.