Limited Boat Launch Areas to Assist Mussel Prevention Efforts for Fall/Winter

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Date: September 30, 2008
Contact: Sandra Snell-Dobert, 970-641-2337, ext. 227
Contact: Elk Creek Visitor Center, 970-641-2337, ext. 205

In an effort to further protect Blue Mesa Reservoir from Zebra and Quagga mussels this fall and winter, the National Park Service will be allowing boats to launch only at Iola, Elk Creek Marina, and Lake Fork Marina. Temporary closures of all other ramp facilities will begin October 8 and continue through April 30. This effort will allow better monitoring of launch areas for non-certified vessels with reduced winter staff and will increase the likelihood that Blue Mesa will remain mussel free.


Tests this fall indicate that the lake is mussel free, thanks in great part to boaters who willingly comply with our certification and decontamination procedures.


Please remember to certify your vessel if it has not been in mussel infested waters. The Mussel-Free Certificate must be displayed on the dashboard of all tow vehicles parked within Curecanti National Recreation Area.


Decontamination for those vessels that have been in mussel infested waters will still be available at Elk Creek, however, visitors must either call ahead or stop by the visitor center to schedule a wash. Fall/winter hours of the Elk Creek Visitor Center are 8:30 – 4 weekdays, except Holidays. The center will be open for the Columbus Day weekend, October 11 and 12 but closed on Monday, October 13 for the Holiday. Boaters coming in on weekends should call ahead to schedule a wash if needed.


With your help, we can keep Blue Mesa Reservoir mussel-free and protect our fishery!

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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