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Date: 12/30/2020
$1 high-use fee will be added to the cost of daily vehicle passes at Lake Pueblo, Golden Gate Canyon, Staunton, Castlewood Canyon, Roxborough and Highline state parks.
Date: 12/22/2020
Aquatic biologists and researchers at Colorado Parks and Wildlife have launched an intensive review of data on Bear Creek after a routine survey revealed a troubling decline in greenback cutthroat trout populations.
Date: 12/14/2020
After negative tests in the Colorado fish hatchery system for 18 years, in 2015 four state hatcheries, one federal hatchery, and a wild broodstock lake tested positive for BKD
Date: 12/10/2020
St. Vrain State Park opened its trail connection going underneath I-25 and linking up with its Pelican Trail
Date: 12/9/2020
Story from Park Manager Darcy Mount about trapping crayfish at 11-Mile
Date: 12/1/2020
You don’t need to travel to an office to register your recreational vehicle. Just pull up the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and get it done from the comfort of your home.
Date: 11/25/2020
On Nov. 27, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to offer free entry to all 42 Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday.
Date: 11/24/2020
Signed contract for a 10-year lease renewal that will allow CPW to continue to manage Boedecker Reservoir as a State Wildlife Area.
Date: 11/12/2020
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 19 and adjourn at 5 p.m. The commission will reconvene at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 20 and adjourn at noon
Date: 11/10/2020
Veterans, active-duty military admitted free state park entry on Veterans Day
Date: 11/8/2020
New podcast and video discusses wildfire impacts on wildlife
Date: 11/6/2020
The emergency public fish salvage was initiated due to a combination of low water levels, high temperatures and low oxygen levels in the reservoir.
Date: 10/30/2020
Demand for accessible outdoor spaces remains high in the state, and CPW invites Coloradans to share their ideas for properties or partnerships that may become the next Colorado state park.
Date: 10/24/2020
CDOT still urges travelers to only travel the area if they need to. CDOT is strongly encouraging people NOT to be on the road unless necessary. All forest areas accessible from CO 14 are closed now due to the fire danger.
Date: 10/23/2020
Advisement for avoiding travel is due to ongoing wildfire and wintery weather forecast
Date: 10/23/2020
Due to the Cameron Peak Fire and nearby evacuation orders, please note the following:
Date: 10/20/2020
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Oct. 20, 2020)
Date: 10/19/2020
Due to the Cameron Peak Fire and nearby evacuation orders, please note the following:
Date: 10/14/2020
Now that public access is restricted for safety precautions and anglers will no longer be able to fish the ponds,
Date: 10/14/2020
The water level has dropped to a point that will not allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife to provide docks and breakwaters at the ramps.
Date: 10/8/2020
Irrigation demands have decreased since the salvage was initiated and the reservoir has received water following recent storms. Anglers are expected to revert to fishing under the normal regulations.
Date: 10/1/2020
The U.S. House of Representatives passed without objection America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a historic package of bills to benefit fish and wildlife conservation throughout the nation. With the U.S. Senate unanimously passing the ACE Act on September 16, it now moves to President Trump who can sign it into law.
Date: 9/25/2020
National Hunting and Fishing day coincides with National Public Lands Day each year. On Sept. 26, entrance to all National Parks is free of charge, but Colorado State Parks admission will still require an annual or daily parks pass.
Date: 9/25/2020
WYoming G&F's Sam Hochhalter explains understanding how to legally access Wyoming’s streams is important.
Date: 9/21/2020
Sportspersons from across Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northeast Region are invited to a virtual caucus meeting with Regional Manager Mark Leslie and staff to hear updates from CPW on hunting and angling topics within the region.
Date: 9/18/2020
CPW is stocking its alpine lakes in the northern half of the state, which there are 330 selected to receive roughly 380,000 trout dropped from the sky this year.
Date: 9/17/2020
“The ACE Act would be a massive win for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs at the American Sportfishing Association (ASA)
Date: 9/12/2020
All skin-to-water contact should be avoided for humans and pets. Fishing is still allowed.
Date: 9/4/2020
Due to a combination of extremely low water levels, high water temperatures and a previous algae bloom, a major loss of fish is probable. CPW enacted the public fish salvage in order to optimize use of the fishery resource.
Date: 9/4/2020
Due to elevated levels of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) growth, the park is prohibiting the activities of paddleboarding, swimming and wading in the water. Dogs are also prohibited from entering the reservoir.
Date: 9/4/2020
The Bureau of Reclamation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife urge the public to always practice safety precautions when working or recreating in or around bodies of water.
Date: 9/1/2020
The closure comes due to low water levels that have eliminated access to trailer-launched boats. It has exposed many water hazards that have made for unsafe boating conditions and the ramp is now unsuitable for use.
Date: 8/26/2020
Located near the intersection of W. O Street and N. 35th Avenue northwest of Greeley, the city will be draining the pond to complete emergency repairs to its intake pump.
Date: 8/26/2020
Commission will discuss the annual review of regulations related to parks and outdoor recreation lands, as well as passes, permits and registrations. The meeting will be streamed live on CPW’s YouTube page
Date: 8/24/2020
Due to high irrigation demand created by severe drought, the water level in Jumbo Reservoir is expected to decline to a point that will likely result in a loss of the entire fishery resource
Date: 8/21/2020
The body of a Larimer County Department of Natural Resources ranger was pulled from Horsetooth Reservoir early Friday morning after an hours-long overnight search.
Date: 8/19/2020
A first phase of the wetlands restoration project is set to begin this fall at Jackson Lake
Date: 8/17/2020
Because of the low flows and warm water temperatures on some southwest Colorado rivers, anglers are being asked to stop fishing activity at noon
Date: 8/17/2020
No proposed changes to the existing regulations will be moved forward to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at this time.
Date: 8/13/2020
Public Access Program would be increasing in 2020 by 206,520 acres, providing even more seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on Colorado trust land across the state.
Date: 8/11/2020
10 staffers and 40 volunteers from Colorado Trout Unlimited each hiked between 12-15 greenback cutthroat trout in backpacks into a Poudre River tributary stream
Date: 8/5/2020
Wednesday morning rescue crews recovered the body of an 18-year-old male victim that drowned Friday, July 31, while swimming at Chatfield State Park.
Date: 8/4/2020
On August 4th, the President signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which previously passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support. The most significant national conservation legislation passed in a generation, the GAOA permanently secures funding for public lands and outdoor recreation under the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Date: 7/27/2020
CPW offers free entry to 41 state parks on Monday, August 3
Date: 7/24/2020
This historic legislation will help direct funds to maintenance projects in Colorado to conserve public lands, waterways and wildlife habitat for future generations to enjoy.
Date: 7/18/2020
CPW encourages anglers to be cautious when trout fishing concerns about warm, dry weather and low water conditions
Date: 7/16/2020
On Saturday CPW officers euthanized a bear suspected to have been involved in conflicts at the Lost Lake backcountry campground going back to 2017
Date: 7/10/2020
Blooms a result of a number of things including warmer temperatures, stagnant waters, and nutrient loading from fertilized lawns.
Date: 7/8/2020
Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks are currently under county fire restrictions
Date: 7/7/2020
CPW closing the area around Lost Lake to all use starting Wednesday, July 8, 2020, over safety concerns with a bear in the area.
Date: 7/7/2020
Just upstream of Joe Wright Reservoir, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists, technicians, researchers and hatchery personnel conducted its annual spawning operation for grayling
Date: 7/6/2020
Discussion of proposed changes to statewide fishing regulations will top the agenda when Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts its Northeast Angler Meeting, July 15, using a public Zoom online webinar platform.
Date: 7/2/2020
Boaters heading out onto Colorado waters this weekend will see additional Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers enforcing boating under the influence (BUI) laws
Date: 7/2/2020
Since early March, many of us have adapted to life in the “new normal” as each day brings updated developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 7/2/2020
On June 30, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials were met with a blizzard and 34-degree temperatures at Zimmerman Lake while conducting its greenback cutthroat trout spawning operation
Date: 6/30/2020
Funding recipients include projects in the San Luis Valley, on the Yampa and Crystal rivers, and in the northern Front Range in Denver and Mead.
Date: 6/30/2020
Big prizes beckon smallmouth bass anglers to Ridgway State Park tournament
Date: 6/30/2020
Bill provides $1 million to CPW to develop the 19,200 acres surrounding Fishers Peak near Trinidad in Colorado's next state park.
Date: 6/29/2020
Requires all visitors 18 or older to possess a valid hunting or fishing license to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by CPW. This new rule will be in effect beginning July 1, 2020.
Date: 6/22/2020
Since late May, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have investigated several elk and moose conflicts resulting in injuries to both people and dogs
Date: 6/18/2020
The resolution, presented to the CPW Commission by Outgoing Chairwoman Michelle Zimmerman, supported full funding of the LWCF, federal funding
Date: 6/14/2020
CPW will develop trails and infrastructure on the 19,600-acre property that features Fishers Peak near Trinidad
Date: 6/14/2020
Two swimmers in the water had fallen off an innertube.When the individuals fell off the innertube, they began to drift away from it in the strong winds.
Date: 6/5/2020
Offices will limit public access to the front counter areas and only offer CPW products for sale (licenses, passes, registrations, etc.).
Date: 6/4/2020
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 and adjourn at 5 p.m. The commission will reconvene at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 12 and adjourn at 11 a.m.
Date: 6/3/2020
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the National Park Service are working to restore the Rio Grande cutthroat trout to its native waters.
Date: 5/27/2020
By Darcy Mount Eleven Mile State Park Manager A crowded boat ramp, with lots of people waiting to load, is not the time to teach a novice how to back into a lake
Date: 5/22/2020
Colorado DNR and CPW want to remind Coloradans to recreate responsibly and stay close to home
Date: 5/22/2020
Fish hold a unique genetic marker goes back nearly 150 years, biologists in Durango have spawned a new lineage from trout rescued from a remote stream during the 416 Fire in 2018
Date: 5/21/2020
CPW reminds all state park visitors that designated swim and beach areas remain closed at Colorado’s state parks to protect public health due to COVID-19.
Date: 5/21/2020
Camping at Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area is closed but day-use recreation for fishing and boating is open to the public.
Date: 5/20/2020
Due June 15, The East Slope Angler Representative must (1) be a Colorado Resident and (2) purchase a fishing license on a regular basis in Colorado.
Date: 5/20/2020
Big Thompson Parks are now fully reopened including the restored Forks Park, which was destroyed in the flood of 2013.
Date: 5/14/2020
There have been concerns expressed about warm-water fish populations in Colorado after CPW’s annual walleye spawn was aborted due to the need for social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 virus.
Date: 5/14/2020
The acquisition is especially significant as Coloradans prepare to celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 16.
Date: 5/12/2020
Cabins, yurts, tipis, group facilities, and other reservable day-use facilities remain closed until further notice.
Date: 5/11/2020
Colorado Governor Jared Polis indicated Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin working to reopen campgrounds at its state parks May 12
Date: 5/6/2020
CPW is working with federal and local municipal partners as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to determine a timeline for camping.
Date: 5/1/2020
By policy, state wildlife areas are acquired with hunter and angler dollars, and are intended specifically to provide wildlife habitat and wildlife-related recreation,
Date: 4/23/2020
The meeting will be streamed live on CPW’s YouTube page. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. on April 30.
Date: 4/17/2020
With the current health situation, CPW suggests fishing close to home and practicing social distancing while enjoying our exceptional aquatic resources.
Date: 4/15/2020
Park rangers are seeing a rise in multiple, non-family units getting out on boats in close proximity at the state parks that have lakes.
Date: 4/14/2020
CPW reminds those looking for recreational activities to stay close to home and to know the local county and municipal restrictions on travel and access before heading out.
Date: 4/13/2020
TRINIDAD, Colo. – Divers recovered a body in the water at North Lake State Wildlife Area west of Trinidad on Wednesday following a three-day search triggered by reports of a man who went missing after his kayak capsized.
Date: 4/11/2020
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be resuming staffing entrance stations during high use times at both Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks.
Date: 4/7/2020
In response to the increasing demand for water due to the rapid population growth in Colorado, the Corps determined that Chatfield Reservoir could accommodate an additional 20,600 acre-feet of water storage, or about a 12-foot vertical change from the existing operational pool
Date: 4/7/2020
In response to the increasing demand for water due to the rapid population growth in Colorado, the Corps determined that Chatfield Reservoir could accommodate an additional 20,600 acre-feet of water storage, or about a 12-foot vertical change from the existing operational pool
Date: 4/3/2020
2020 Fishing Season Opening Postponed at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colorado
Date: 4/2/2020
The Vail Valley Foundation announced the postponement of the annual mountain sports, music and lifestyle event until Aug. 20-23.
Date: 4/1/2020
These reports are false, and appear to have increased based on today being April Fool’s Day. Do not share your personal information with anyone calling to provide refunds.
Date: 4/1/2020
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many local and federal waters are postponing opening to boating and ANS inspections at this time.
Date: 4/1/2020
These extended expiration dates are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the need for public travel and in-person interactions at CPW offices
Date: 3/30/2020
ASA is working with states to have recreational fishing-related businesses be considered “essential” and therefore allowed to remain open
Date: 3/25/2020
Does not mean Colorado’s robust walleye populations will dwindle.
Date: 3/24/2020
A mountain lion and two skunks have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County this year to date.
Date: 3/23/2020
Colorado Parks and Wildlife promotes outdoor health benefits and trail safety etiquette during COVID-19 pandemic
Date: 3/22/2020
Colorado State Parks to Remain open, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife Offices and Visitor Centers Limiting Most Public Access Effective Friday, March 20
Date: 3/11/2020
The east boat ramp will be open for ANS inspections 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the month of March. In April, it will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in May 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Date: 3/6/2020
Boyd Lake opens to boating other boat ramps, campgrounds opening soon across Northeast Region
Date: 3/5/2020
A variety of jobs are available, including seasonal ranger, visitor services, interpreter/education specialist and maintenance. Most jobs start in May and continue into September.
Date: 3/5/2020
From “Field Notes of a Colorado Sportsperson” by Travis Duncan
Date: 3/5/2020
Burning operations will occur as weather conditions permit and could begin around the middle of March.
Date: 3/4/2020
Nine appointments to the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee were confirmed in the Colorado Senate in February.
Date: 2/28/2020
New this year, the 2020-2021 fishing license is valid March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021
Date: 2/28/2020
Daily Vehicle Park Pass fee for each of Colorado’s 41 state parks will increase by one dollar effective March 1, 2020 to support outdoor recreational growth
Date: 2/25/2020
Grant applications accepted through Monday, April 27, 2020
Date: 2/13/2020
Whirling-disease resistant rainbows are now thriving in the wild and CPW is collecting their spawn, enabling hatcheries to propagate millions of fish
Date: 2/11/2020
More boats requiring decontamination because of infestations of destructive mussels entered Colorado last year than in 2018, but the statewide inspection program coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife again succeeded in keeping invasive mussels out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs.
Date: 1/29/2020
A six-month-long fishing tournament with $10,000 in prize money sponsored by CPW is aimed at maintaining adequate kokanee fry survival by limiting predation from lake trout.
Date: 1/23/2020
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is finalizing a rule that will drop protections for millions of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands.
Date: 1/23/2020
When 12 year-old Tia Wiese, from Eagle, Idaho, went ice fishing at Lake Cascade with her dad last March, and they expected to catch some yellow perch…but not the world record perch!
Date: 1/22/2020
The public is urged to contact CPW immediately and fill out a report if they see or hear wolves or find evidence of any wolf activity in Colorado.
Date: 1/21/2020
The agency’s official product purchasing website is, which is a secure method of purchasing all CPW products online, including fishing licenses. Starting March 1, CPW will be selling 2020 13-month fishing licenses.
Date: 1/13/2020
Highlights include cameos by Talon the red-tailed hawk boating safety mascot, information about watercraft inspection and decontamination, an iron-on T-shirt coloring station, free giveaways, and boat safety class information.
Date: 1/10/2020
CRAWFORD, Colo. – Crawford State Park will offer a variety of fun events on Jan. 25 – visit the park for ice fishing, ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing.
Date: 1/8/2020
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. on January 15 at CPW’s Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway, in Denver.
Date: 1/8/2020
Eyewitness report of six large canids traveling together in the far northwest corner of the state last October
Date: 1/7/2020
Top prize winner took $4,135 for longest trout combined (40 inches), with longest pike of 23.25 inches taking home $2,500
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