Outside briefs, June 24, 2017
Highline Lake offers programs for all ages
Highline Lake State Park’s “Oasis in the High Desert” outdoor program is underway and will continue until July 26.
The program will be held every Wednesday and is for kids ages 5- 12 years old.
The Kid’s Outdoor Adventures is a program for youngsters to experience nature.
“You’ll need water, snacks, some good hiking shoes and be ready for adventure,” Highline Lake State Park Interpreter Danielle Riggs said. “We’ll learn about insects, birds, reptiles, fish and dinosaurs, and have a great time while we do that.”
Kids need to be at the park by 10 a.m. each Wednesday.
Also, every weekend through Aug. 19, the 2017 Outdoor Adventures Program will be at the park.
This is for older kids and the entire family. Activities feature nature hikes, full moon and new moon night hikes, learning about astronomy and looking through telescopes at the night sky during an evening Star Party, a variety of fun outdoor games, and spooky campfire talks and legends.
The Outdoor Adventures Programs at Highline Lake are free, however, each vehicle entering the park is required to display a Colorado State Park Annual pass, or purchase a $7 daily pass.
Ridgway bass tournament begins July 7
The third annual smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park is scheduled for July 7-30.
There is no entry fee and anglers will compete for more than $8,000 in prizes.
The more smallmouth bass anglers catch, the better their chances of winning prizes. Anglers will be given a raffle ticket for every smallmouth they catch. The top prize is a 14-foot Tracker fishing boat with trailer, a 25-horsepower outboard engine, life jackets and a sonar fish-finder device. The second-tier prizes are five Creek Company Clark Fork single-person catarafts. All anglers 12 and under who turn in a smallmouth bass will receive a package of fishing lures.
Smallmouth bass were introduced illegally into Ridgway Reservoir about 10 years ago. The fish are predators and there is a significant risk of them escaping the reservoir into adjacent rivers and consuming native Colorado fish that are found nowhere else in the world.
CPW has posted a web page that explains the best way to catch smallmouth bass: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Ridgway/Pages/Smallmouth-Bass.aspx.
Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle. A $70 annual pass provides entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks.
Big-game plan meetings start Tuesday
A series of public meetings will be held to discuss the updating big-game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold meetings on the following days:
■ 6:30 p.m. on June 27 at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds. CPW staff will present information regarding elk management in Game Management Units 53, 54 and 63.
■ 6 p.m. on July 6 at the Paonia public library. This will be a two-part meeting starting with a presentation and discussion about deer management in GMUs 53 and 63. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on elk management in GMUs 53, 54 and 63.
■ 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Cedaredge Community Center Centennial Room. Deer management in GMUs 411, 52, and 521 will be presented and discussed.