Motorized and trailered watercraft launching in Blue Mesa Reservoir are required to be inspected for aquatic invasive species and if necessary, decontaminated in accordance with procedures set by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In addition to the mandatory inspection prior to launch, and to be in compliance with the State of Colorado's Aquatic Nuisance Species protocols, motorized and trailered watercraft leaving Blue Mesa Reservoir will undergo an exit inspection to verify the watercraft has been cleaned, drained and dried.
Motorized and trailered watercraft launching in Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs may be launched without an inspection if your watercraft is registered in Colorado, has not been out of state waters within the last 30 days, has not been in infested waters and does not contain aquatic invasive species. If your watercraft does not meet all above criteria as designated by state law, it must be inspected at one of the locations below.
Hand-launch season pass watercraft can launch from any location and are not required to revisit an inspection station after their initial assessment. Please call (970) 209-2335 to arrange for an assessment.
• Hand-launched watercraft with no enclosed containers or compartments that can potentially hold water.
• Hand-launched watercraft equipped with only an electric trolling motor (no gas powered or water-cooled motors).
• Trailers are not allowed to enter the water at any time.
SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION FOR LAUNCHING OUTSIDE DESIGNATED CEMENT LAUNCH RAMPS
Watercraft in this category will be issued a beach launch pass at the inspection station. The following types of watercraft may qualify: Hobie Cat sailboats, small to medium sailboats, watercraft categorized as hand-launched that have a gas powered/water cooled motor and other watercraft that do not meet the hand-launched criteria but cannot safely and reasonably launch from cement launch ramps. Watercraft are required to arrive at an inspection station before closing to get an exit inspection.
Have watercraft prepared for the entrance and exit inspection process:
• Turn your vehicle off, set the parking brake, exit the vehicle and answer the inspector's questions
• Keep your boat clean, free of dirt and debris.
• Keep your boat drained and dry by arriving with bilge plugs and ballast bags pulled
• Be prepared to lower outdrive motors
• Have compartments and recreational equipment readily accessible
• Arrive with Colorado green wire seal and green wire seal receipt
INSPECTION & LAUNCH RAMP LOCATIONS
For more information, visit www.protectyourwaters.net.
Did You Know?
The largest recorded Lake Trout in Colorado was taken from Blue Mesa Reservoir in May 2007. It’s size was a gigantic 50.35 pounds and it measured 44.25 inches.