Boat ramp at Ridgway State Park schedule to open, March 11
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The ice on the reservoir has been melting slowly and park rangers will make a final determination. Boaters can check on the opening by calling the park at 970-626-5822.
The Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station is scheduled to open the same day. Through May, the inspection station will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boaters must be sure that their boats are clean, drained and dried before going to the ANS station. Boaters with a seal are also responsible for presenting their receipt.
Owners are also reminded to be sure their registration is current new registration for 2016 is required after March 31.
Boaters must carry the proper number of Coast Guard approved life jackets and a noise-signal device. Please review Colorado boating regulations to be sure your boat is equipped with all required safety gear.
Water temperatures in most Colorado reservoirs will remain very cold well into June, so boaters are cautioned to be prepared. CPW recommends that you wear your life jacket whenever you’re on the water.
Anglers are reminded that there are no bag, possession or size limits on smallmouth bass at Ridgway Reservoir. You are encouraged to keep all the bass that you catch. A 2016 fishing license is required on April 1.