Multiple factors will cause seasonal changes to Blue Mesa mussel inspection program

Lower water levels, fewer boaters and a reduction in staffing will bring changes this month to the mussel inspection program at Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Connie Rudd, superintendent of Curecanti National Recreation Area, announced the following changes:

•  Stevens Creek boat ramp will be closed to boat launching and retrieval beginning Tuesday (Sept. 8). The campground will remain open;

•  Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramp hours will be 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday. Both entrance and exit inspections at Elk Creek will be done at the Elk Creek
Marina, rather than the campground entrance;

•  Consistent with previous years, the Elk Creek and Lake Fork docks will be removed in October because of fluctuating water levels;

•  Vessels that have been slipped or are on the water for more than 24 hours must go through a high risk inspection and possibly decontamination. These vessels will require a longer inspection time;

•  No motorized or trailered vessel launching or retrieval is allowed outside of Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps.

The reservoir and inspection stations will remain open until the water at Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps freezes. Hours will reduce again in November and December as daylight decreases.

For more information, contact Sandra Snell-Dobert at 970-641-2337, ext. 227.


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