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Date: 9/29/2022
Cutting power not only impacts the fueling station, bathrooms, wastewater systems and marina store, it affects the 700 or so boats stored in slips rented from the private vendor who operates the marina on a contract with CPW.
Date: 9/26/2022
Tournament saw 58 anglers participate, up from 25 in 2021. A cash prize purse was distributed among anglers who caught the most fish as well as prizes awarded to anglers who turned in any of the 25 tagged fish that were worth various cash prizes.
Date: 9/23/2022
Aquatic research scientists on Colorado's Western Slope have embarked on multiple projects to protect three native fish species endemic to the Upper Colorado River Basin and its tributaries. A new documentary film titled 'The Native 3' helps tell that story.
Date: 9/23/2022
Declining water levels at Vega State Park have prompted Park managers to close the Island boat ramp Sunday, September 25.
Date: 9/16/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns John Martin Reservoir, is planning to do routine maintenance work on its dam starting on Sept. 27 with a planned completion date of Oct. 12. The first two-day closure will be Sept. 27-28, and if completed on time the east ramp will close again on Oct. 11-12.
Date: 9/16/2022
Recent weather patterns and cooler overnight temperatures have improved conditions on the Yampa River, prompting Colorado Parks and Wildlife to lift voluntary fishing closure.
Date: 9/15/2022
A recent algae bloom and high water temperatures at Elaine T. Valente Lakes in Adams County have created low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water and caused numerous fish to die.
Date: 9/13/2022
Three recent drownings pushed the number of water recreation-related fatalities in Colorado to 36, including 34 confirmed recreation-related drownings, making 2022 the deadliest year ever across city, county and state rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
Date: 9/10/2022
A recent algae bloom and high water temperatures at Mann-Nyholt Lake in Adams County Fairground Lakes have created low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water and caused numerous fish to die.
Date: 9/10/2022
Beginning in 2023, Colorado residents will see a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass added to their annual vehicle registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This new annual pass gives all Coloradans easy access to all state parks and the added benefit of investing in our great outdoors and wildlife in a meaningful way.
Date: 9/10/2022
A year after a catastrophic debris flow decimated over 20 miles of the Cache la Poudre River fishery, 24 volunteers joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists to begin the painstaking process of rebuilding fish populations.
Date: 9/6/2022
Afternoon voluntary fishing closure on the Eagle River from Wolcott to Eagle County Fairgrounds has been removed. Eagle River from the Eagle County Fairgrounds to the Colorado River Confluence has been modified from full day to afternoon voluntary fishing closure.
Date: 9/1/2022
Voluntary afternoon closures had previously been in place on the Animas River through Durango, Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir, San Juan River through Pagosa Springs and on Tomichi Creek through the Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area near Gunnison.
Date: 9/1/2022
The purpose of this check station is to stop any vessel with the potential to transport invasive plants and animals from entering the state's waters in order to mitigate negative impacts to natural resources and outdoor recreation.
Date: 8/31/2022
Levels will drop roughly 28 feet to deadpool.
Date: 8/29/2022
Fraser River (Fraser to the Colorado River confluence) and Colorado River (Red Dirt Creek to Rifle) sections closures are lifted. Other closures remain in effect such as those on the Yampa and Eagle Rivers.
Date: 8/18/2022
Closure due to low water levels that have eliminated access to trailer-launched boats, which creates unsafe boating conditions and the ramp unsuitable for use. To maximize angling opportunities, ANS inspections will still be offered for hand-launched vessels with electric or fueled motors.
Date: 8/16/2022
Partners have completed a multi-year partnership effort to acquire and manage Shaw Reservoir, located in the headwaters of the South Fork of the Rio Grande. The Conservancy District and BLM will maintain a conservation pool at Shaw Reservoir, which will stabilize the fish population and provide optimal conditions for recreational fishing
Date: 8/15/2022
Whether floating off the swim beach or cruising along trails, the disabled community will find a world of adventures at Ridgway State Park.
Date: 8/12/2022
On Monday, August 15, boat inspections at Vega State park will end at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Boat inspections will continue to occur during regular summer hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Date: 8/12/2022
CPW is implementing a full-day voluntary fishing closure from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the western edge of Steamboat Springs town limits on the Yampa River until further notice
Date: 8/12/2022
CPW Northwest Region Sportsperson's Caucus holding meeting to discuss a variety of important issues involving hunting, fishing, and conservation at the Grand Junction Regional Office on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Date: 8/11/2022
Steve Keefer will hang up his duty belt after 36 years as a wildlife officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. His retirement will leave a void in the agency he has served all these years.
Date: 8/11/2022
U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing the area around upper George Creek, Aug. 15-18, as CPW begins non-native fish removal activity in the area
Date: 8/9/2022
Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 13, Chatfield will begin shortened ANS boat inspection hours at its South Boat Ramps due to staffing shortage. Jackson Lake State Park and Barr Lake State Park both closed Sunday evening due to low water levels.
Date: 8/4/2022
Beginning August 15, the inspection station will be closed and barriers will be in place. While the boat ramp will be closed, the reservoir is still open to paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. This is six weeks earlier than last year's closing, and two and a half months earlier than the normal closure date of October 31.
Date: 8/3/2022
A week after closure for E. coli, swim beach is cleared to reopen at Lake Pueblo State Park
Date: 8/2/2022
The section of the Colorado River within SWA boundaries upstream from the Kemp-Breeze Bridge will remain open during construction - but downstream from the Kemp-Breeze bridge will be closed to unauthorized personnel.
Date: 7/29/2022
New state record Brook Trout weighed 7.84 pounds, measured 23-1/4 inches in length, and had a girth of 15-3/8 inches
Date: 7/29/2022
Upstream reservoir releases benefitting the Colorado River along with recent weather patterns have led to cooler river temperatures and increased flows in sections of the Yampa River and Colorado River.
Date: 7/28/2022
A routine water quality test revealed higher than allowable E. coli bacteria levels.
Date: 7/28/2022
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, 2022.
Date: 7/27/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed Flagler Reservoir in the Flagler Reservoir State Wildlife Area indefinitely on Tuesday as heavy rains caused water to fill the empty reservoir, flow over the spillway and flood a road.
Date: 7/25/2022
The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 10, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Date: 7/25/2022
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: 7/25/2022
Grants include: River's Edge in Loveland, Dolores River, Vallecito Reservoir, Bennett Pond, Paintbrush Pond in Castle Rock, Eagle Kid's Pond, and Monument Lake
Date: 7/22/2022
CPW is offering free entry to all Colorado state parks on Monday, Aug. 1
Date: 7/22/2022
Algae has become a seasonal problem at DeWeese, forcing CPW in recent summers to close the water to all activity except fishing to prevent the risk of exposure to humans and their pets
Date: 7/22/2022
CPW will host the Ladies Cast, Blast & Fling workshop for new hunters and fisherwomen Aug. 19-21 at the Jim Olterman Lone Cone State Wildlife Area south of Norwood.
Date: 7/22/2022
Temperatures in these rivers have regularly risen above 71 degrees in the last week and stream flows are below 50% of daily average. This puts extra stress on fish, and anglers may find it difficult to safely release fish that are caught.
Date: 7/19/2022
Several days of above-average air temperatures and river temperatures have prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife to extend and implement new voluntary fishing closures on the Colorado, Eagle, and Yampa Rivers
Date: 7/15/2022
On the evening of July 18, Colorado TU will be hosting its first Troutfest event - taking place at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver! Individual General Admission tickets are $25 and include ballpark food with cash bar available for drinks. VIP Admission includes expanded food offerings and 2 drink tickets per ticket + VIP seating.
Date: 7/15/2022
Beginning Friday, July 15, CPW is placing voluntary fishing closures in effect from 12:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. daily on sections of the Fraser River, Colorado River, and Eagle River.
Date: 7/13/2022
The ANS program has been utilizing heated power washers for decontamination since its inception in 2008. Starting in 2018, The ANS program began piloting a transition from heated power washers to tankless water heaters for its decontamination purposes.
Date: 7/12/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Monday ordered an emergency public fish salvage at Queens Reservoir about 15 miles north of Lamar in Kiowa County due to declining water levels related to intensifying drought conditions.
Date: 7/12/2022
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thu., July 21 and adjourn at 3 p.m. for a Commission tour of Sweetwater Lake. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., July 22 and adjourn at noon.
Date: 7/10/2022
The salvage is being implemented to mitigate imminent fish loss, as Groundhog Reservoir is being drawn down to accommodate repairs to the dam's outlet structure. This has resulted in poor water quality conditions and loss of refuge habitat for trout.
Date: 7/8/2022
Rangers at Lake Pueblo State Park recovered a body off the popular North Sailboard beach area Thursday shortly after receiving a call for help that a woman had gone missing from shore.
Date: 7/3/2022
In the past decade, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists and researchers have confirmed the existence of native Greenback cutthroat trout long after they were believed to be extinct.
Date: 7/3/2022
This 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 waterways
Date: 6/22/2022
Recreation at Gross Reservoir will remain closed for multiple weeks following the June 18 fatal accident at the Gross Reservoir
Date: 6/18/2022
CPW 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 east of Gunnison, due to water temperatures. The voluntary fishing closure is in effect immediately.
Date: 6/18/2022
Emergency responders are working on an accident that took place overnight at the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project site, in which a construction haul vehicle veered off the road into the reservoir.
Date: 6/16/2022
Wildlife officers from across Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Northeast region have been and will continue to monitor bear forage availability after two winter storms in late May that could impact natural food sources.
Date: 6/15/2022
"We are excited the dam has been revitalized for the future and the reservoir refilled," said State Forest State Park Manager Joe Brand.
Date: 6/15/2022
Portteus and Herndon were on duty that Sunday night when the call for help came in: A boat loaded with 13 people – 8 children and 5 adults – had capsized out on the 4,500-acre lake amid howling winds producing dangerous white caps.
Date: 6/13/2022
CPW Aquatic Biologist Kyle Battige led a team of aquatic biologists and technicians on a 10-day survey of the river last fall to assess and document impacts to aquatic resources. During that time period 12 unique stations were sampled along the Poudre River. CPW advises anglers to not fish between Stove Prairie and Black Hollow Creek due to very low trout numbers in that reach.
Date: 6/13/2022
The CWHP is a statewide program that supports CPW's mission by offering funding opportunities to private or public landowners who wish to protect wildlife habitat on their property, and/or provide wildlife-related recreational access to the public.
Date: 6/12/2022
CPW recently completed work on the Clear Fork Campground. Once only a primitive campground, it now has 20 full hook-up campsites for recreational vehicles.
Date: 6/3/2022
No license is required this weekend to fish. All other rules and regulations apply.
Date: 6/1/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Vallecito Lake Event Center.
Date: 6/1/2022
The closure begins Wednesday, June 1 and will continue until further notice.
Date: 5/27/2022
All fish stocking in Western Colorado must comply with state regulations which requires a valid stocking permit or license from CPW. These restrictions may require the construction of a berm and/or installation of an inlet/outlet screen. Additionally, the stocking of triploid grass carp in the Rio Grande and San Juan River basins requires installation of an inlet/outlet screen prior to stocking.
Date: 5/24/2022
As summer approaches in June, our campgrounds and trails at Mueller State Park fill up fast. So does our calendar of events.
Date: 5/24/2022
Starting Friday, May 27, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin boat inspections at Lake San Cristobal near Lake City.
Date: 5/24/2022
As boat ramps open and warmer temperatures entice people to recreate on the water, CPW urges people to wear a life jacket and boat responsibly this summer.
Date: 5/23/2022
The boat ramp at Paonia State Park will open Friday, May 27 ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
Date: 5/20/2022
CPW celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 21 along with partners from federal, local and state agencies.
Date: 5/19/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has started a project to install 150 artificial tree-like structures to help improve fish habitat in the reservoir at Crawford State Park.
Date: 5/19/2022
“We've had 10 rescues, most of which were individuals that were hypothermic, plus one rescue of an unconscious individual in the water and one death since April 30," said Park Manger Darcy Mount
Date: 5/19/2022
More boats requiring decontamination due to fouling by destructive mussels entered Colorado in 2021 compared to previous years
Date: 5/16/2022
Crews located and recovered the body of the suspected 29-year-old male victim missing in the reservoir at Cherry Creek State Park since Saturday, May 7
Date: 5/13/2022
"We see a large increase in requests for help from kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders during windy conditions," said Kris Wahlers, Park Manager at Chatfield State Park.
Date: 5/13/2022
LCDNR announces the official opening of Sky View Campground, a new six-acre recreation development at Carter Lake Reservoir. Sky View can accommodate both RV and tent campers. The campground will open officially to reserved campers for the first-time beginning May 20, 2022.
Date: 5/12/2022
The recovery operation in the search for the missing 29-year-old male victim in the reservoir at Cherry Creek State Park continues. The reservoir will re-open to boating on Friday at 6 a.m.
Date: 5/9/2022
CPW has resumed regular rainbow trout stocking at the Haviland Lake State Wildlife Area. Haviland Lake, located 18 miles north of Durango, has nearly refilled after it was drained in 2019 for dam repair work. CPW has resumed a regular stocking schedule for rainbow trout at the reservoir.
Date: 5/5/2022
Inspecting watercraft at ports of entry will help ensure Colorado's lakes and reservoirs remain free of these highly destructive aquatic nuisance species.
Date: 5/1/2022
A lack of seasonal staff is impacting our ability to open all six ramps on May 1, said Dan Rieves, Horsetooth Reservoir District Manager.
Date: 4/29/2022
The ice has melted and boating will open Sunday, May 1. Due to water levels Island boat ramp is the only one currently in the water and open to launching.
Date: 4/28/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct an angler survey at Miramonte Reservoir at the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area from May 1 through the end of October.
Date: 4/28/2022
If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, move carefully away to a safe location. Remain calm and allow the bite to bleed freely for 30 seconds. Cleanse and disinfect the bite area with iodine, or soap and water. Call ahead to the nearest hospital so they can plan accordingly for your visit.
Date: 4/28/2022
Learn a new skill to broaden your outdoor activities. Target archery and fly-fishing classes are led by experts and can give you a good start on enjoying a new hobby.
Date: 4/26/2022
Antero Reservoir in Park County will open to boating on Sunday, May 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Denver Water announced Tuesday.
Date: 4/22/2022
Eleven Mile will open its north boat ramp on Saturday, April 30. Its Witchers Cover boat ramp will open at a future date. Spinney Mountain State Park, which is only open seasonally, will open its gates on Saturday, May 7. The north boat ramp will open one half-hour before sunrise that day.
Date: 4/16/2022
Chatfield State Park is switching its boat ramp in operation to its larger ramps on the northern side of the reservoir, effective immediately.
Date: 4/13/2022
Both Crawford State Park and Sweitzer Lake State Park will open boating seasons at 8 a.m. Saturday. Boat ramps will remain open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until mid-May before transitioning to summer hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Date: 4/13/2022
Meetings are April 20 and April 27. Learn more about aquatic resource management in Northwestern Colorado and visit with CPW staff
Date: 4/7/2022
Trout Unlimited launches campaign to build broader engagement and support for our existing Gold Medal waters, and for boosting other waters to achieve Gold Medal status
Date: 4/7/2022
Despite multiple postponements and an ongoing global pandemic AFFTA pulls off a successful trade show at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Date: 4/6/2022
CPW continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary and has partnered with 18 Colorado-owned beverage companies to produce products that highlight and celebrate Colorado and the outdoors. Companies include breweries, wineries, distilleries, kombucharies, cideries and coffee shops.
Date: 4/5/2022
CPWs aquatic biologists and volunteers spent 18 days from March 14 - 30 collecting more than 132 million eggs during the 2022 walleye spawn that will be used to create great fishing opportunities for Coloradans.
Date: 4/4/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has acquired 880 acres adjacent to West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area
Date: 4/4/2022
During the committee sessions, some of the issues discussed included legislative priorities such as the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act (RAWA), federal excise tax issues, import duty relief and conservation initiatives around the country.
Date: 4/1/2022
Barr Lake State Park is opening to boating on Friday, April 1, beginning at 7 a.m.
Date: 3/31/2022
Lake Pueblo State Park has renewed its partnership with a group dedicated to improving access to the outdoors for people who have limited mobility.
Date: 3/29/2022
The boating season at Larimer Countys reservoir parks has arrived with selected ramps opening Friday, April 1 at 7 a.m. April hours of operation* include Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay ramp: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 7 days a week and Carter Lake North Pines ramp, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 7 days a week
Date: 3/25/2022
Jumbo Reservoir will open to boating on Friday, April 1. Starting next week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be making parking and campsite improvements at the Jumbo (Julesburg) Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA) to enhance the visitor experience and alleviate safety concerns.
Date: 3/25/2022
The ANS inspection hours for both reservoirs are as follows: April 1 - 30: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 1 - 26: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. May 27 Close of boating season: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Date: 3/25/2022
Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park are scheduled to open to boating on Friday, April 1, barring any unforeseen items that would cause a delay. Delays would include safety issues on the reservoirs that would need to be taken care of.
Date: 3/25/2022
Jackson Lake State Park, a popular fishing and water-sport destination in Morgan County, will open its reservoir to boating on Friday, April 1.
Date: 3/24/2022
Coloradans and nonresident visitors can purchase fishing licenses online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613, at your local CPW office or at any of our hundreds of authorized sales agents statewide.
Date: 3/23/2022
Operating hours for the boat ramps at Lake Pueblo State Park will adjust on April 1 to the summer schedule of 5 a.m. to midnight.
Date: 3/23/2022
Boyd open for boating on Friday, March 25 at 8 a.m. ANS inspection station hours will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the remainder of March, then 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in April and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.
Date: 3/22/2022
In 2021 CPW hosted well over 100 fishing clinics statewide and helped introduce nearly 3,000 people to the sport of angling
Date: 3/22/2022
The parks Elks Boat Ramp will be the first to open with its Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspection station hours running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays. Then starting on April 1, those inspection station hours will be open seven days a week.
Date: 3/17/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put together an online survey regarding trails in and around Ridgway State Park. The public has until April 8 to provide feedback.
Date: 3/16/2022
At the meeting, anglers will have an opportunity to learn about the proposed introduction of sterile Tiger Muskie to Shadow Mountain Reservoir.
Date: 3/16/2022
If the pilot program gets approved, reservations could begin as early as August 2022. For 2023, reservations would be required May 15 through Sept. 15. Entry reservations would be required for vehicle access only on weekends and holidays during this period.
Date: 3/11/2022
A full closure to recreation is likely for 2 to 3 weeks in the April-May timeframe
Date: 3/10/2022
Colorado Trout Unlimited Silent Auction Underway, Livestream Thursday night
Date: 3/3/2022
A hybrid in-person/virtual CPW Commission meeting will take place next Wed & Thur, Mar 9 & 10. Topics include Creede SWA, Fish Creek SWA, John Martin SWA, Queens SWA, and more. Links to listen/watch included.
Date: 3/1/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife launches smartphone application that makes purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and state park passes easier.
Date: 1/19/2022
Good, solid clear ice is the safest. Four inches of ice is generally considered safe for people ice fishing and ice skating. However, off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, need at least six inches of ice thickness. Anyone going out onto the ice should drill test holes to measure thickness as they venture out
Date: 1/7/2022
Eleven Mile, Spinney Mountain and Tarryall Reservoirs in South Park are among some of the most popular trout waters in the state. CPW strives to manage these reservoirs as trophy trout fisheries. Anglers can play a part in maintaining the quality fisheries by harvesting all northern pike caught.
Date: 1/3/2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2022 by telling the agencys long history of wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation in a series of stories, videos, podcasts and community events over the coming 12 months.
Date: 1/3/2022
The ice rink outside of the marina store at Eleven Mile State Park is now open for the winter season. Good ice skating conditions exist, as the 11 Mile Marina is operating an ice skating rink that is nearby the marina on the north shore.
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