Invasive Threats to Curecanti Fisheries
The aquatic ecosystems of Curecanti are threatened by many potentially damaging exotic organisms. The National Park Service is serious about preventing the invasion of exotic species, and asks for your help in keeping the streams and reservoirs clean, clear and fishable.
There is no environmentally sound or inexpensive way to eliminate these invaders once they are introduced.
NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL
Please help prevent further spread of New Zealand mudsnails:
It is a state and federal offense to transport or release New Zealand mudsnails.
Please report any New Zealand mudsnail sightings to a park ranger.
Additional Information: Protect Your Waters
ZEBRA & QUAGGA MUSSELS
Mussels in Blue Mesa Reservoir would disrupt fishing by reducing natural food sources, litter beaches with sharp, odor-producing shells, and ruin boat engines and steering equipment.
All watercraft on Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs will be inspected for mussels prior to launch and inspected for proper cleaning, drainage and drying upon leaving. MORE INFORMATION »
Whirling Disease is a parasitic infection affecting primarily rainbow and cutthroat trout populations. The Gunnison River is already positive for this parasite, however, detailed information about this disease and its prevention and control is available from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Did You Know?
The average precipitation at Curecanti is only 12" a year, which is why there are few trees around Blue Mesa Reservoir.