Boaters welcome at Highline Lake, reminded to be safe, ethical, follow the rules
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The park, located northwest of Fruita, is one of the most popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in the Grand Valley, offering camping, biking, hiking, hunting and fishing in addition to boating and other water sports.
"The season has started and we are ready to go," said Park Manager Alan Martinez. "Bring your boat, bring your rod and reel, sunscreen and something to eat and have a great time at great park."
Martinez reminds boaters that attention to safety and responsibility on the water is required from all park visitors to help prevent accidents.
Before launching your craft, CPW advises all boaters to be sure that the vessel is registered and that all of the required safety gear is on board.
"Check that you have the the necessary number of life jackets and that your safety equipment is in good working order," said Martinez. "It is one of the most important things you can do to stay legal, and prevent a tragedy. If you are not sure you have everything you need, we will be happy to provide an inspection at no charge."
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that boating under the influence is against the law, and will be strictly enforced.
"We will be on the lookout for unsafe behavior and won't hesitate to enforce our boating laws, for everyone's protection," said Martinez. "We want you to have a great day at the park, but we urge everyone to respect the rules at all times."
Martinez adds that he and his park rangers are always available to answer questions and provide assistance.
In addition to safety, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is continuing its efforts to prevent the spread of harmful, aquatic nuisance species. Boaters are urged to do their part to help prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, among other invaders, into the state's waterways.
"At Highline, just like many other waters in the state, your boat needs to be inspected prior to launching," said Martinez. "We have been successful so far in preventing an infestation, but we need the public’s continued cooperation."
Martinez adds that if an infestation ever occurs in Colorado, it can be very harmful, significantly limiting a reservoir’s ability to provide recreation and irrigation, as has happened in numerous waters across the United States.
"We all have a role in preventing this from happening here," said Martinez.
Through the month of March, Aquatic Nuisance Species inspectors will be available:
•8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday
•8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Sunday
The public is advised to read posted inspection and decontamination schedules for changes as the boating season progresses.
Only the west ramp will open for launching watercraft and aquatic nuisance species inspections during the month of March. If an inspector is not available at the west ramp, boaters are advised to go to the Visitor Center at the east side, or call 970-858-7208 to ensure they get an inspection and decontamination if needed.
The public is reminded that a valid pass is required to enter the park. Anyone 16 or older that plans to fish will need a current fishing license, available for purchase at the park. Fishing licenses go on sale March 16 and are valid until March 31, 2017.
For more information about Highline Lake State Park, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/highlinelake
To purchase a fishing license online, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Fishing.aspx
For more in formation about Aquatic Nuisance Species inspections, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BoatInspection.aspx
For more information about boating safety, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/BoatingSafety.aspx