Winter Boat Launch and Visitor Center Operations at Blue Mesa Reservoir
Contact: Sandy Snell-Dobert, (970)641-2337 ext 227
Boaters on Blue Mesa Reservoir should be aware of the following winter closures and changes in hours. On Thursday, November 1, the Iola ramp and inspection station will close for the season. As of November 1, the Elk Creek and Lake Fork ramps will continue to be open until those areas of the lake freeze, however inspections will be available on a "call-in basis". Boaters will need to call ahead for a vessel inspection in order to launch. The ramps will be gated, so boaters should expect a 15-20 minute response time for the inspector to arrive at the ramp. Entrance and exit inspections are required just as they have been during the summer months. Mussel inspectors can be contacted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Call 970-209-2335 to arrange for an inspection. An alternative number is that of the Elk Creek Visitor Center, 970-641-2337, ext. 205. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The launch times for Thanksgiving Day will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Due to freezing temperatures, the decontamination stations are now off-line for the winter. Watercraft containing high risk water, suspected invasive species, or are dirty, crusty, or slimy may be denied access.
Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps will be available during inspection hours until ice precludes launching at each site. Parking areas will be plowed as quickly as possible, but ramps may become extremely icy. Boaters are reminded to have the proper vehicles to retrieve vessels in inclement weather.
Watch for updates at www.nps.gov/cure, call the Elk Creek Visitor Center at 970-641-2337, ext. 205, or follow us on Twitter @ CurecantiNPS.
Did You Know?
The Curecanti Needle has long been a defining symbol and landmark of this region. In 1882, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad entered the Black Canyon and promptly designated the Curecanti Needle as their symbol.