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Date: 12/21/2021
This is the latest the reservoir at the park has capped over - meaning the ice is all the way on, no open water - in the last five years.
Date: 11/10/2021
Veterans, active-duty military and the National Guard offered free admission to all Colorado state parks on Nov. 11, 2021.
Date: 11/1/2021
The fish salvage was enacted back on Oct. 6 to maximize use of the fishery resource prior to the reservoir being drained for planned work on the reservoir dam.
Date: 10/29/2021
Beginning Monday, CPW will lift the mandatory fishing closure on the 0.6-mile section of the Yampa River downstream of Stagecoach Reservoir dam.
Date: 10/26/2021
New bill would expand authorities for federal agencies to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species
Date: 10/25/2021
Weather permitting, Trail Ridge Road will remain open to Rainbow Curve on the east side of the park and to Milner Pass on the west side of the park. Eventually, those closures will move down in elevation.
Date: 10/25/2021
The “Clean Drain Dry” initiative educates anglers and boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species
Date: 10/22/2021
Governor Jared Polis recently announced that Sweetwater Lake near Flat Tops Wilderness will become Colorado's 43rd state park. Podcast covers topics such as recreational opportunities and a new boat dock
Date: 10/12/2021
CPW collects over 1.1 million eggs during its brown trout spawning operation, reached over three days this fall at Antero Reservoir and North Delaney Butte Lake.
Date: 10/12/2021
CPW announcing upcoming boat ramp closures at reservoirs in Park County such as Spinney, Eleven Mile, Tarryall and Antero Reservoirs.
Date: 10/8/2021
More areas along the Yampa River are opening back up to fishing today after voluntary closures were implemented earlier this summer.. Some voluntary fishing closures lifted on Yampa and Elk rivers several river sections in the Yampa River drainage remain closed
Date: 10/6/2021
The fish salvage at Johnstown Reservoir has been enacted Wednesday, Oct. 6 so the Town of Johnstown can completely drain the reservoir to allow for emergency repairs to be made on the dam.
Date: 9/30/2021
Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks to announce the closure of boat ramps a month early.
Date: 9/23/2021
The USDA Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, and a host of volunteers stocked 6,000 greenback cutthroat trout fry into Upper West Fork Clear Creek near Jones Pass on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
Date: 9/18/2021
The Northern Colorado chapter of "Fishing's Future" is offering a FREE fishing clinic at River’s Edge Natural Area for families and participants of all ages.
Date: 9/15/2021
Jackson Lake State Park is closing its boat ramp and shoreline marina for the season at the end of the day on Sunday due to low water levels and a lack of staffing.
Date: 9/3/2021
“Wakeless Wednesdays” will be implemented at Highline Lake State Park, meaning that no boat or watercraft is allowed to operate at speeds that create a wake.
Date: 8/31/2021
Anchor worms are not new to both West Lake and neighboring Dowdy Lake. They can become problematic to the fish populations every several years according to CPW. People can eat the fish after removing the worms and cooking the fish.
Date: 8/24/2021
The small fire luckily stayed in the underbrush and did not expand vertically into the ponderosa pine trees at the site. The hiker who reported the fire was able to dampen it with the water they had on hand.
Date: 8/24/2021
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 1 and adjourn at 4 p.m. The commission will reconvene at 8:15 a.m. on Thu., Sept. 2 and adjourn at 11:30 a.m.
Date: 8/24/2021
Wildlife biologists explain how drone use can be done with wildlife in mind while also being mindful of your surroundings.
Date: 8/23/2021
CPW begins non-native fish removal activity in the area, the second phase of a project to reintroduce Greenback Cutthroat Trout to George and Cornelius Creeks, located on the Roosevelt National Forest in Larimer County
Date: 8/20/2021
Staff from the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery and pilots for Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked cutthroat trout by airplane in Colorado’s high mountain lakes on Monday and Tuesday
Date: 8/19/2021
Multiple organizations to celebrate conservation efforts with the release of the Colorado native, endangered northern redbelly dace, into Webster Pond at Pella Crossing
Date: 8/19/2021
The project along Yampa River will cause access issues near Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area between August 23 and September 23
Date: 8/18/2021
Project along approximately 0.7 miles of the Yampa River through Pleasant Valley begins Aug. 23 lasting about a month
Date: 8/4/2021
Program designed to help underserved youth and their families experience Colorado's open spaces, state parks, public lands, and other outdoor areas
Date: 8/3/2021
Barr Lake State Park is holding a Ladies Fly Fishing 101 clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Date: 8/1/2021
Eleven Mile State Park will be closing the southeast boat ramp for the season, effective at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Date: 8/1/2021
Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of service. Passes become available on Aug. 1, 2021.
Date: 7/22/2021
The caucus is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5 between 6-8 p.m, hosted as a ZOOM webinar to allow for robust public participation.
Date: 7/19/2021
CPW has created a contest for mentors who take the time to pass on their knowledge, with prizes for the mentor as well as the mentee.
Date: 7/13/2021
CPW is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing after noon on sections of the Yampa River west of Hayden, and to avoid fishing after noon on the section of the Elk River that runs through Christina SWA
Date: 7/12/2021
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thu., July 15 and adjourn at 3 p.m. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., July 16 and adjourn at 10:30 a.m.
Date: 7/8/2021
The Yampa River experienced water temperatures greater than 75 degrees for two consecutive days, July 6 & 7. City of Steamboat Springs to enact commercial and voluntary recreational closures for the Yampa River starting July 8, 2021
Date: 7/8/2021
Due to low flows and warm water temperatures, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing after noon on the 4-mile section of Tomichi Creek that runs through CPW’s Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area
Date: 7/7/2021
CPW is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid fishing on the Colorado River between Kremmling and Rifle.
Date: 6/30/2021
Three-day enforcement operation is timed closely to the July 4th holiday each year to educate boaters on the dangers of boating under the influence and reduce the number of accidents on our waterways.
Date: 6/25/2021
The reservoir at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Stagecoach State Park will remain open to all watercraft as fire managers with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue use aircraft to draw water from the reservoir to put out the Muddy Slide Fire south of the park on Sat., June 26.
Date: 5/25/2021
Closure begins May 25 and effects 0.6-mile stretch of the Yampa River between the dam at Stagecoach State Park downstream to the lowermost park boundary.
Date: 5/18/2021
Public land agencies along Colorado’s Front Range remind visitors to “know before you go,” plan ahead and remember several essential responsible recreation guidelines over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer.
Date: 5/10/2021
Free warm water fishing clinic on Saturday, May 15, at Buckingham Lake in Loveland. This clinic will focus on teaching family groups
Date: 5/4/2021
Investigative efforts by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to assess damages to aquatic life on the North St. Vrain Creek following last week’s tanker spill of gasoline into the river are ongoing.
Date: 4/30/2021
Established in 2015, the awareness initiative aimed to educate anglers everywhere about the importance of proper soft plastic lure disposal and recycling.
Date: 4/30/2021
The goal of the tournament is to maintain adequate kokanee fry survival by limiting predation from lake trout and, in turn, to maintain quality kokanee fishing opportunities.
Date: 4/29/2021
Wildlife and environmental protection agencies say they are investigating the scope of damage following a semi tanker crash Tuesday that caused 500 to 1,000 gallons of fuel to leak.
Date: 4/28/2021
Commission to meet May 5 - 6 in a hybrid virtual/in-person meeting with limited in-person attendance in Grand Junction. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wed., May 5 & will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Thu., May 6
Date: 4/22/2021
Efforts to drain Mack Mesa began earlier this month. It will be emptied until all fish in it can be caught. The pike will be eliminated while the other species will be transferred to nearby Highline Lake.
Date: 4/19/2021
Due to very low water levels, boat ramps and break water buoys can not be set and thus only hand-launched vessels will be allowed on the reservoir until further notice.
Date: 4/12/2021
About 600 golden trout have been stocked into two high-elevation, backcountry lakes, in the park with the hopes that they’ll grow to catchable size in a few years.
Date: 4/9/2021
This March, CPW collected approximately 130 million eggs
Date: 4/7/2021
The myColorado app gives Colorado residents the ability to create an electronic version of their Colorado driver’s license on their smartphone as proof of identity within the state. Now, resident anglers can use it to show they have a valid fishing license as well.
Date: 4/5/2021
The west side of Satanka Bay is closed to motorized boats (limited to paddlecrafts only), while the east side and the remainder of Horsetooth Reservoir remains open to motorized boats.
Date: 3/31/2021
Pair to hire 33 weeks of conservation service corps to repair trails impacted by wildfire damage and increased visitation in areas that are open to motorized recreation.
Date: 3/25/2021
All ice activities including ice fishing will be prohibited starting on March 29, no boating will be allowed on North Michigan Reservoir in 2021 due to dam repairs.
Date: 3/25/2021
The fishway was designed to allow passage around a diversion structure in the river for multiple species of fish.
Date: 3/23/2021
Commission voted to add the Colorado SWA Pass as an option to access these areas for those who are unable or unwilling to purchase a hunting or fishing license.
Date: 3/23/2021
All final regulations approved at the March 17 - 18 virtual meeting will go into effect on May 1, 2021 unless otherwise noted.
Date: 3/22/2021
Governor Polis signed bill SB21-112 that appropriates $20 million of the state general fund for capital improvements for increased access at certain state parks
Date: 3/16/2021
Colorado lakes, reservoirs are free of invasive mussels but more boats found with mussel infestations in 2020
Date: 3/12/2021
It is very likely that the storm will create significant impacts to travel and a high likelihood that some CPW offices and state parks may need to be closed at times until the storm passes.
Date: 3/4/2021
Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "Betta Buddy Marimo Balls,” a product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores in Colorado.
Date: 1/26/2021
CPW has removed Green Mountain Reservoir from the positive waters list for quagga mussels
Date: 1/19/2021
The 2nd Annual Blue Mesa Reservoir Lake Trout Tournament at Blue Mesa Reservoir with $10,000 in prize money kicks off on Feb. 1. The tournament is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Date: 1/17/2021
The caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26 between 6-8 p.m. It will be hosted as a ZOOM webinar with registration required for those who wish to participate and ask questions.
Date: 1/13/2021
Part 1: Important lessons learned from last summer’s catastrophic wildfires and their impact on big game, fish and forests
Date: 1/13/2021
Part 2: Important lessons learned from last summer’s catastrophic wildfires and their impact on big game, fish and forests
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