Colorado’s Ridgway State Park Opens Boat Ramp March 15

Sunday, March 11 2012 16:34   Camping
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Ridgway State Park in southwestern Colorado will open its boat ramp to vessels on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

The boat ramp is currently ice-free, rangers said. However, there is still ice on the reservoir in certain locations, so boaters should use caution when operating in early spring.

ridgeway_coloradoPrior to launch, all vessels must be inspected to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), including zebra and quagga mussels or have a valid pre-inspection seal and receipt.

From March 15 to April 30, the inspection station will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the inspection station is unmanned during these hours, please go to the park's visitor center to have your boat inspected.

The inspection hours from May through mid-September will be Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Vessels planning to launch outside of posted inspection times will require a pre-inspection seal and seal receipt prior to launch. Pre-inspection seals are to be removed by boaters upon launching, and placed along with the seal receipt, in the pre-inspection drop box located at the boat ramp.

Boaters are also required to fill out the pre-inspection log sheet on the top of the drop box. Boaters can obtain a pre-inspection seal and receipt at the inspection station.

Only 15 miles from the town of Ouray, Ridgway's great outdoors - what some have called the "Switzerland of America" - welcomes visitors from throughout the West.

Nestled at the base of the spectacular San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, Ridgway Reservoir is a year-round outdoor recreation paradise. Stretching nearly five miles into the Uncompahgre River Valley, Ridgway is a mecca for boaters, anglers and swimmers.

The park offers three campgrounds, each with a unique atmosphere and charm, with modern facilities for comfort and convenience. All the recreation sites have easy bicycle access. Natural surface trails pass through the pinyon/juniper forests and onto mesas offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

For further information on inspection requirements or ANS information contact the park office at (970) 626-5822, or visit the Colorado State Parks Website for camping information at
www.parks.state.co.us/ .

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