Parks officers hope boaters stay dry

Boaters enjoy a quiet day fishing and floating at Rifle Gap Reservoir and state park. This weekend marks the beginning “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign to stop drunk boating.

Summer can bring out the best in boating fun.

Or the worst, if you’re driving the boat with a beer in one hand.

This week not only celebrates the start of summer, but also the start of “Operation Dry Water,” a national campaign to stop drunk boating.

It’s not cute: Research says drunk boaters are involved in 20 percent of the nation’s boating fatalities.

Boating law enforcement officers from the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation will be out in force this weekend and over the summer talking about safe boating.

Enjoy that boat, but save the party for the beach.

WHAT: Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to stop drunk boating.

WHERE: All Colorado state parks and federal waters will participate.

WHEN: June 24-26 is the main campaign, but expect to see enforcement all summer.

HOW: Learn more at


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