Cherry Creek State Park, which opened to boating on March 15, announces the ANS inspection schedule for the 2013 season. 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.
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.
Cherry Creek SP Inspection locations and hours:
East station and ramp hours:
March: Every day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April: Every day, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May to September: Every day, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October: Every day, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November: Every day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December to February, closed
West station and ramp hours:
April: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 1 to September: Every day, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 1 to March 31, closed
As of the week of April 1, the lake is over 2 feet low and future water levels will depend on weather conditions improving. Due to the low water levels, unmarked hazards exist (especially near points or jetties) and early morning boaters may discover a thin film of ice forming due to cooler temperatures. Fishing is prohibited from dam and within 100 ft. of dam and walleye spawning nets from 4 p.m.-9 a.m. March 15 – April 15. Size restrictions and bag limits in place at all times.
For more information about boat inspections, go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/MandatoryBoatInspections.aspx.
Image courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife