State parks: Get on board with early boat registration

Memorial Day brings two things to western Colorado: Good weather to be outside and the traditional start of the boating season.

This year, Colorado State Parks is reminding boaters to register their watercraft early, since many parks offices and other state agencies won’t be open on May 28, which is a mandated furlough day.

Memorial Day weekend always attracts large crowds of boaters seeking last-minute registrations, so registration forms are available online at parks.state.co.us.

Boats also may be registered at 30 Colorado state parks and two Division of Wildlife offices, including the Gunnison Service Center (970-641-0088) and the Southwest Region office (252-6000) in Montrose at 2300 South Townsend Ave.

Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Colorado on any public waters must be registered with Colorado State Parks.

Boaters are asked to call in advance to ensure services are available, especially on the May 28 state furlough day.

The annual registration fees are determined by the length of the boat.

The 2010 registration fees are:

Boats less than 20 feet in length — $35.25.

Boats 20 feet to less than 30 feet — $45.25.

Boats greater than 30 feet — $75.25.

Registrations are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year.


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