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Contact: Sandra Snell-Dobert, 970-641-2337
Gunnison, CO: Beginning November 1, boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) at Curecanti National Recreation Area will be available to boaters on a call-in basis.
Inspections can be requested by calling the Blue Mesa AIS Inspection phone at (970) 209-2335 between 7 am and 4:30 pm, 7 days a week. Boaters should expect a 20 minute response time to boat ramps, so call ahead to meet the inspector at the ramp. Boaters are reminded that inspections are required for launch and retrieval as ramps are locked.
Call-in inspections will be available at Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps until ice precludes launching at each site. Those two boat ramps will not be plowed, though the adjacent parking areas will be cleared of snow as quickly as possible. Ramps can become extremely icy in freezing conditions. Please ensure that you have the proper equipment to retrieve your vessel considering these factors.
Due to freezing temperatures, decontamination will not be available; boats requiring decontamination may be denied launch.
AIS Coordinator Gene Seagle adds, “Thank you to the many boaters and anglers who enjoy Blue Mesa Reservoir. Your help with these important inspections help us protect this beautiful reservoir we all enjoy so much.”