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 Muscle Inspection Hours, these include: Eleven Mile, Spinney, Pueblo, John Martin, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Ridgway, Highline, and other reservoirs!
-We are supposed to find out today or tomorrow if camping will re-open at state parks or if the closures will get extended.
-Antero’s web site says it opens to boating May 1, but we have not heard confirmation if this actually happened.
-Granby Reservoir is supposed to open to boating May 15.
-Blue Mesa has not released a date, but has made mention that the boat ramps should open in early to mid May.
-McPhee reservoir is set to open June 1.
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