Vega Reservoir opens Saturday for boating

With ice finally gone from Vega Reservoir, the popular destination 12 miles east of Collbran opens Saturday for boating.

“This is a great time of year to enjoy some fantastic early season recreational fun at Vega State Park,” said Park Manager Bob Miller., “However, please remember to wear your life jackets while boating and make sure your kids wear one too.”

According to Colorado law, only persons 16 years or older, or those 14 and 15 who have completed a boating safety course, may operate a boat. Also, all boaters must have a wearable life jacket for every person on board.  Children under 13 years must wear a life jacket whenever on a boat, unless the child is inside an enclosed cabin.

All boats, including canoes, kayaks and jet-skis, must also have a horn or whistle on board to notify others of any problems as well as a working fire extinguishers. Lack of proper safety equipment on a boat could cost the operator $50 or more in fines.

All boats launching at Vega Reservoir must be undergo inspection for aquatic nuisance species prior to launch. Miller reminded all boat owners to follow the Clean, Drain and Dry rules.

Also, all motor boats and sailboats are required to register with Colorado State Parks prior to launching. Registrations are available at the Vega State Park Visitor Center, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. seven days a week. Information: 970-487-3407.


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