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Contact: Sandra Snell-Dobert, 970-641-2337, ext. 227
Gunnison, CO: Beginning Wednesday, 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. Blue Mesa staff will aim for a 20 minute response time to boat ramps, so call ahead to meet the inspector at the ramp where you intend to launch.
Road/bridge construction and weather conditions may add significant delays to response time, so boaters should plan ahead if construction is still in progress. Boaters are reminded that inspections are required for launch and retrieval and ramps are locked when an inspector is not present.
Call-in inspections will be available at Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps until ice precludes launching at each site. Those two 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 so please ensure that you have the proper equipment to launch and retrieve your vessel.
Due to freezing temperatures, decontamination will not be available; boats requiring decontamination may be denied launch.
AIS Coordinator Gene Seagle adds, “Thank you, Blue Mesa boaters and anglers. Your help with these important inspections help us protect this beautiful reservoir we all enjoy so much.”