Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices statewide are gearing up for two of the biggest days of the year: "leftover day" Tuesday, August 7, at 9:00 a.m. and "OTC day" August 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day Monday, August 6 by offering free entrance at all 41 state parks. Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Although the state commemorates its 142nd year on the first of the month, state parks recognize the occasion with free entrance on the first Monday of the month.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife salutes all active-duty military and veterans by offering free entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks during August. Free access for veterans and active duty military is slated to continue every year in which general fund dollars are appropriated by the General Assembly for this service.
Low water flow, high temperatures and dry conditions continue to affect fisheries across Northwest Colorado this summer.
Fishing Closures in Colorado
Due to high water temperatures and low flows, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing voluntary fishing closures on several stretches of rivers in Colorado. The fishing closure are effective immediately, until further notice.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is calling on hunters, anglers, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who wants a voice in wildlife management to attend a Southeast Region Sportsmen's Caucus, scheduled at 6:00 p.m. July 31, in Canon City.
Water levels have dropped at Crawford State Park and the boat ramp at the reservoir will close at the end of the day Sunday, July 22.
The reservoir is down 46 feet from full capacity. People can still put in hand-launched craft such as canoes, paddleboards and kayaks. However, boats with motors are no longer allowed this season.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
Due to high water temperatures and low flows, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing voluntary fishing closures between 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. on sections of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Crystal River, and Roaring Fork River in Northwest Colorado. The fishing closure is effective immediately, until further notice.
Although anglers are not legally prohibited from fishing in these stretches, CPW is asking anglers to fish early in the day and find alternative places to fish until conditions improve.