Local lakes to begin boating season

Spring means boating in western Colorado and Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap state parks will open Sunday for boating.

Crawford State Park will follow, opening April 6. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials caution boaters to make sure all required safety equipment is aboard and keep watch for possible floating debris.

Always be aware that unmarked hazards may exist and if any is discovered, notify the park staff.

Also, all trailered vessels must go through an aquatic nuisance species (ANS) inspection prior to launching. Inspections are available from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. if boating outside those hours, obtain a seal from a certified ANS boat inspector and go through the proper pre-inspection procedure.

Remember to always clean, drain, and dry your vessel to help prevent the spread of ANS.


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