Ridgway ready to begin 2014 boating season
The last ice cubes have melted off Ridgway Reservoir, and the boat ramps are open for the 2014 boating season.
As of Thursday, the reservoir was at 92 percent of capacity and is expected to fill when the spring runoff starts in earnest.
That means anglers and recreationists will find great boating and fishing opportunities at the 1,000-acre lake.
Boaters are reminded their boats must pass an aquatic-nuisance-species inspection before going onto the lake.
The inspection station will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 15. From May 15 through Sept. 14, the station will be open Sunday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Boats passing the inspection receive a seal showing inspectors the boat has been checked and hasn’t been launched in any other water since then.
The seal also shows inspectors at other lakes and reservoirs the boat was inspected and passed the test at Ridgway.
Early-season camping is available, and rest-room facilities are open. The three yurts in the camp also are available. To make a reservation, call 800-678-2267 or 303-470-1144.
Ridgway State Park is about 20 miles south of Montrose on U.S. Highway 550.
Park officials say all 285 campsites at the park will be open by May 1.
For information, call 970-626-5822.