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Contact: Sandra Snell-Dobert, 970-641-2337 ext.227
Blue Mesa Reservoir is now mostly ice free. Lake Fork and Elk Creek boat ramps are now open. Inspection stations at each of these areas will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 30. Beginning May 1, hours will extend to 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Iola boat ramp will open May 1, with hours of 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Superintendent Connie Rudd would also like to announce that in addition to the opening of Iola this year, Ponderosa boat ramp will also be open with limited hours after June 18. “In an effort to provide for those who use Ponderosa and Iola, we are stretching our budget as far as we can to open these ramps while still providing for protection of the lake and fi shery,” said Rudd. “Each boat ramp open represents salaries for boat inspectors, supplies and materials, as well as extra supervisory time.”
Boaters should be aware that the only decontamination station open through May 20 will be at Elk Creek. That station opens May 1. Boats that are cleaned, drained and dry, with plugs pulled, move through inspection more rapidly.
Watch for further information about inspection stations and hours in late May. Check for updates on the park website (www.nps.gov/cure/planyourvisit/mussel_free_certification.htm) or call the mussel line at 970-641-2337, extension 213.
Boaters should be aware that docks and breakwaters are still being prepared for the season and may not be in place. Spring runoff causes debris in the water, logs and other materials are entering the lake. Quick and extreme weather changes are also a hallmark of spring. Be careful out there!