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Rifle Gap, Harvey Gap swim beaches to close Monday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Boaters enjoy the few remaining hours of the extended Labor Day weekend Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at Rifle Gap.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

The swim beaches at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap State Parks will close beginning Monday, Sept. 14, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Thursday.

The last day the public can enjoy swimming from the beaches at the popular parks this year will be Sunday, Sept. 13.

All other activities, including camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing will continue as conditions allow.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rifle Gap State Park’s 350-acre reservoir provide some of the best boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and windsurfing in Colorado, with excellent conditions for water-skiers, jet-skiers and power boaters and opportunities for sailing and windsurfing. Camping in the park’s 89 sites and picnicking are also popular.

At Harvey Gap, anglers can catch a variety of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout northern pike and tiger muskie. Boats with motors 20 horsepower or less and canoes are welcome.

During winter, both Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap are popular destinations for ice fishing. In addition, visitors may see a variety of wildlife, including migrating waterfowl.

For more information about current conditions at the parks, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/riflegap, or call 970-625-1607.

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