2 state parks open lakes to boating
- Created on Thursday, 01 March 2012 17:07
- Written by Dena Rosenberry
Boyd Lake and Highline Lake state parks are opening for boating this week - Highline on Friday and Boyd on Saturday.
All boats must be registered for 2012 and inspected for aquatic nuisance species before launching.
Boats may be registered at Boyd Lake daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The ANS inspection station hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through April 30, and then 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily May 1 to Oct. 1.
If you want to launch your boat outside the inspection hours you must get your boat pre-inspected. Info: www.parks.state.co.us or Boyd Lake State Park at (970) 669-1739.
Boyd Lake State Park will permit swimming in designated no wake areas.
For now, only the west ramp at Highline will be open for launching watercraft and aquatic nuisance species inspections.
Highline offers 31 campsites with impressive views. A camper services building offers hot, high-pressure showers as well as washers and dryers. Weekend reservations are strongly suggested through October: (800) 678-2267 or www.parks.state.co.us/Reservations.
Colorado state parks are participating in the effort to curb the spread of aquatic nuisance species, including zebra and quagga mussels, in the state’s reservoirs and waterways. All vessels entering and leaving will be inspected for ANS. If ANS are detected on any of the watercraft, decontamination is required.
To speed up the inspection process, boaters are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their vessel, including removing the plug to drain the water, prior to entering the park and as soon as the watercraft has left the water. See the state parks website's boating section for details.