Boaters and waterfowl hunters reminded of rules at Highline Lake
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Western Colorado lies within the Pacific Flyway and has a split season for waterfowl Sept. 26 through Oct. 14 is the first split for duck. First split for goose is Sept. 26 through Oct. 5. then from Oct. 31 through Jan. 24, 2016, for both duck and goose.
Park officials at Highline Lake State Park, a popular waterfowl hunting area and boating area, remind everyone about the importance of following rules and regulations.
"Although the waterfowl season begins Saturday, Sept. 26, hunting at Highline Lake State Park is allowed only Monday through Friday," said Park Manager Alan Martinez. "This makes Monday Sept. 28 the first day people can hunt at this park."
Because the boating season continues through Sept. 30, Martinez reminds hunters and boaters that they will need to share the park for a few days.
"Beginning the 28th through the end of the month, boaters are asked to stay on the south end of the buoy line near the west ramp, away from the blinds," said Martinez. "We ask everyone for their cooperation so that all park visitors can have a safe, enjoyable time."
This year, Highline Lake State Park will be open to youth waterfowl hunting the weekend of Oct. 17-18. This is the only weekend the park is open to hunting, providing youth with an additional waterfowl hunting opportunity. All youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting mentor.
Waterfowl hunters are reminded that all Grand Valley blinds are available by reservation only. To reserve your blind, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6161, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not accepted more than 14 days in advance of the hunt and not after noon the day before the hunt. Unreserved blinds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
In addition to hunting, Colorado's state parks offer a wide variety of activities, including fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, and much more.
For more information about upcoming fall events at any state park, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/default.aspx.