Chatfield State Park officially opened to boating March 26, and Cherry Creek State Park March 28, bringing an end to the delayed opening that was a result of thick ice on the reservoirs
“This is the latest our two parks have opened in a long time,” said Assistant Park Manager Kris Wahlers. “We haven’t seen a winter that intense for a long time either.”
As always, visitors are encouraged to monitor the condition pages at www.cpw.state.co.us.
Both Parks are currently hosting walleye spawn operations along the dams. Because of that, anglers are not allowed to fish within 100 feet of spawning nets or the dams until April 15.
Due to the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project (CSRP), Chatfield will only have their western most ramps near the dam open initially. Boaters coming into the park must come in the west entrance from Wadsworth, as the park road across the South Platte River is closed. More details about the project including a complete list of delays and closures are available at www.chatfieldreallocation.org.
All motorized and/or trailered vessels are required to have an inspection for Aquatic Nuisance Species before launch. The inspection stations will be open from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. All power and sail boats are required to have valid 2019 registration and all vessels, including paddlecraft, must have the required safety equipment. Boating safety information is available at www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/Boating
Photo courtesy of CPW
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