With mild weather for most of the winter 2012-13, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is announcing a March 1 opening for Jumbo Reservoir. With the early opening, boaters are reminded that boat inspections for aquatic nuisance species are mandatory at most waters in the state, including state parks and state wildlife areas. Hand-launched, non-motorized, boats such as canoes or kayaks are allowed on the water and are not subject to inspection.
JUMBO RESERVOIR: Open ½ hour before sunrise to ½ after sunset:
March: 5 days per week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday; closed Tuesday, Wednesday)
April : 7 days per week
May : 7 days per week
June: 7 days per week
July: 7 days per week
August: 7 days per week
September: 5 days per week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday; closed Tuesday, Wednesday)
Zebra and quagga mussels are a serious threat to Colorado waters. Invasive species such as the zebra mussel negatively influence the food chain for native fish. The mussels reproduce prolifically, consume phytoplankton and devastate fisheries. The small mollusks also grow on engines and boats, and can clog water pipes and dam mechanisms.
Boat owners are urged to clean, drain, and dry their boats thoroughly before they launch for the first time this season. After that, owners should do so every time they leave the water.
Image courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife