Boating season starts Friday at Ridgway State Park when the boat ramp opens at 8 a.m.
The Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station also opens and inspectors will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day until next fall. Boaters are reminded that they must have their boats inspected before launching. Boats should arrive at the inspection station clean, drained and dry. Make sure mud and dirt is removed from all parts of the boat and the engine. The inspection process will go faster for those with clean boats.
Boats can be launched without an inspection so long as the owners can present a receipt that proves the boat was inspected at a lake or reservoir that is not suspected of containing nuisance species.
Boaters are also reminded that proper fitting life jackets must be on board for everyone who will be on the boat. All children under age 13 must wear life jackets at all times. Colorado Parks and Wildlife strongly recommends that all passengers in a boat wear a life jacket at all times.
Free loaner life jackets of all sizes are available for day use at the ramp.
Life jacket regulations apply to all water craft, including paddle boards, kayaks and windsurfers
Boaters are also reminded to carry a noise-producing device on board, and to update their boat registration.
For more information about Ridgway State Park, call 970-626-5822.
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