Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks opened for boating Wednesday, March 1.
“It’s been a cold winter,” says Chatfield Operations Manager Kris Wahlers, “and it’s not over yet. But the docks, the buoys and certainly the fish are in the water, so all we need are the boats to kick off the season!”
Chatfield and Cherry Creek Reservoirs both offer tremendous motorized, sail, paddling and fishing opportunities near the Denver area and look forward to having you visit!
Nice days in the early season are great times to get on the water because it lets you take advantage of smooth conditions and good fishing without the crowds. When you do, CPW would like to remind you of a few things:
Keep a close lookout for debris and unmarked hazards. During spring runoff, we see an increase of logs make their way into the lake that may cause an unexpected hazard. Please let us know if you find any.
Make sure your motorboat or sailboat is registered and has all of the required safety equipment on board and available. Kids 12 and younger must wear a life jacket whenever they’re on a power or sail boat unless they’re in an enclosed cabin or below deck.
Check your boat before coming out. Once you’re on the water, it’s too late to realize your battery is dead or fuel lines are cracked. If you don’t have time yourself, take it to a reputable boat service center in your area.
Sign up for a boating safety course! CPW hosts nearly 100 classes throughout the state from April – September, not to mention the online options for boaters over 15. Nearly 90% of boat operators involved in an accident last year had no or no known boating-safety education, and that included the people who “have been boating all their life” and “… know everything there is to know about boating.”
Finally, to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, including zebra and quagga mussels, all vessels are required to submit to an inspection except those hand-launched vessels that are exempt in regulation.
Vessels planning to launch outside of posted inspection times will require a pre-inspection seal, with receipt, attached before launch which can be obtained during normal inspection hours. Pre-inspection seals are to be removed by boaters upon launching, and placed in the pre-inspection drop box, along with their corresponding seal receipt and log sheet check-in, located next to the ANS shed. Remember to always clean, drain and dry your vessel to help prevent the spread of ANS. As a reminder it is now required that boaters travel overland with their water drain plug out.
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