Blue Mesa Reservoir’s boat ramp hours change

If you’re one of the anglers who finds late summer and early fall at Blue Mesa Reservoir especially appealing, there are some changes to boat ramp hours you need to notice.

With visitations winding down with the start of school and the advent of cooler weather, several of the reservoir’s boat ramps will close in early September and October.

The ramps at Ponderosa and Iola will close Sept. 6 and Stevens Creek will close for the winter Oct. 18.

The ramps at Elk Creek and Lake Fork will stay open until ice forces them to close, said officials from Curecanti National Recreation Area.

Boats still are required to have invasive species inspections when entering or leaving the water, and boaters need to be aware of changes in ramp and inspection station hours.

Through Aug. 31, all ramps will be open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. September operation hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and in October the remaining ramps will be open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It’s a boater’s responsibility to be off the reservoir before the ramps close for the day, recreation area officials said.

Boaters also should be ready for possible delays in leaving the reservoir as the decontamination and inspection stations may be backed up with multiple vessels trying to leave at the same time.

Officials said boats that are cleaned, drained and dry, with plugs pulled, move through inspection more rapidly.

Thanks to the efforts of boaters, recreationists and marina operators, Blue Mesa continues to be free of zebra mussels, said Connie Rudd, superintendent of Curecanti National Recreation Area.

“The National Park Service appreciates this support in helping to preserve the lake and its fishery,” Rudd said. “It’s been a great summer thanks to the willingness of our boaters to assist us in protecting this beautiful recreation resource.”


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