Last Month for Boating at John Martin Reservoir State Park

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HASTY, Colo. – Fall has officially arrived which means the end of boating season at John Martin Reservoir State Park is drawing near. Boating season will come to a close at the reservoir Oct. 31, but there are still plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy past October such as camping, fishing, bird watching and hiking.

Water levels at John Martin Reservoir State Park have been dropping recently and have now reached a point that makes it difficult for larger vessels to launch. The East Boat Ramp remains open and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to inform visitors of the challenges they may face.

Smaller vessels (19 foot or less) can still launch with relative ease but may require a higher profile vehicle such as a pick-up truck to back them in far enough to get off the trailer. Hand launch craft such as canoes and kayaks will be also allowed to continue launching. Larger vessels that have a deep hull or a trailer that sits high above the ground will have difficulty or be unable to launch. Hand launched vessels, without gasoline motors, may be used after Oct. 31 in designated areas in the reservoir. The vessels must be launched from the north or south wildlife area and remain west of the waterfowl closure line.

Inspections for Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are still in effect until the reservoir closes for boating. Hours for the station have been reduced to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October offers enjoyable boating with less crowds and visitors are encouraged to enjoy it while they still can.

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