As Colorado starts to reopen the economy there are many questions about what is open and what isn’t open. Some counties have temporarily shut down to any external tourism, while others are viable options for recreation. The Colorado “safer at home” order suggests not traveling further than 10 miles from your house for recreation, but I have talked to several people who have called the CPW and asked if this holds true for turkey hunting and boating/fishing on lakes further than 10 miles from their house and the CPW told them that they were allowed to travel further than 10 miles for these activities although their web site isn’t necessarily clear about this! We aren’t suggesting you make a move one way or another, just reporting what we are hearing. To the best of our knowledge, here’s the scoop on a lot of Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs:
-All Colorado State Parks are open to boating within the given parks Mussel Inspection Hours, these include: Eleven Mile, Spinney, Pueblo, John Martin, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Ridgway, Highline, Crawford, and other reservoirs!
-Camping for state parks is opening May 11!
-Antero is open to boating.
-Blue Mesa Opens May 15 – it’s reported that the Sherrif’s Dept will be enforcing residency!
-McPhee reservoir opened May 8!
-Taylor Reservoir opens May 15
-Twin Lakes open June 1
-Shadow Mountain Reservoir (Green Ridge Boat Ramp) opens May 15 with hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-Granby Reservoir (Sunset Boat Ramp is opening May 15 with hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-Grand Lake opens May 15 with hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Be safe, be smart, and follow cdc guidelines to the best of your ability so that we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep using OUR resources!
If you are aware of any other lakes/reservoirs that are set to open in the future, please email them to SportFishColorado@gmail.com