Boating season coming to close at Highline

Waterfowl starting to move into area for winter, hunting season begins Oct. 3 at popular lake

Highline Lake State Park near Loma is a popular summertime spot for water users of all kinds. The park’s 6-year average for visitors each year is 154,687.

The boating season at Highline Lake State Park is coming to an end.

The reservoir will close to boating beginning Oct. 1. This is will help create suitable conditions for a variety of waterfowl that winter in the park each year. 

It’s also a busy time at the park for hunters.

Small game hunting began at Highline Lake State Park on Sept. 5 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials remind hunters that small game hunting is allowed Monday through Friday, one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. 

Hunters need to follow a variety of rules, including signing in at the West Park Entrance by filling in a small game hunting card and dropping it into the box labeled “Active.”  When leaving the park, hunters must finish filling out the card and place it into the box labeled “Finished.” In addition, all small game hunters at the park are required to carry their hunting license at all times and limited to using shotguns only.

Other requirements and information about small game hunting is available at or by calling one of Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and visitor centers.

A map of the small game hunting area is available on Highline Lake State Park’s Maps page, or at the park’s visitor center. Hunting boundaries are posted and small game hunters need to remain within the boundaries.

Western Colorado lies within the Pacific Flyway and has a split season for waterfowl; 
Oct.1-19, then from Nov. 5 through Jan. 29, 2017. At Highline Lake, waterfowl hunting opens Oct. 3 and is allowed Monday through Friday only, from one of seven hunting blinds. 

To provide youth with an additional waterfowl hunting opportunity, CPW allows weekend hunting only on Oct. 29 and 30, restricted to youths age 17 and under. All youth hunters must be accompanied by a qualified mentor 18 or older that has taken Hunter Education.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that all Grand Valley blinds are available by reservation only. To reserve your blind, call CPW at 970-255-6161, Monday through Friday from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not accepted more than 14 days in advance of the hunt and not after noon the day before the hunt. Unreserved blinds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only.


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