Outdoors briefs: Stagecoach State Park opens to boaters May 1
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Stagecoach State Park to boaters at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1.
The Marina Boat Ramp will be open and the Morrison Cove Boat Ramp is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. The Stagecoach Marina store will be open May 22, offering basic camping supplies, boating needs and boat or canoe rentals.
Stagecoach State Park’s 820-acre reservoir is a popular destination for boaters, campers, anglers and hikers seeking a variety of outdoor activities.
Because it is early in the season, boaters are cautioned that floating debris and unmarked hazards may exist. In addition, park staff encourages everyone to wear their life jackets at all times, especially during this time of year.
“The water is still extremely cold,” park manager Craig Preston said. “If you happen to fall in, hypothermia can set in very quickly. It will be extremely difficult or impossible to rescue yourself if you are not wearing a life jacket.”
At a minimum, boats must have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket per person on board. Other required equipment includes an approved sound producing device, a Type IV throwable floatation device, and a fire extinguisher, required on some motorboats. Youth under 13-years-old are required to wear an approved flotation device at all times while on a boat.
For a detailed list of required boating equipment, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Boating/SafetyEquipment.pdf
Department of Wildlife to hold meeting in G.J. on May 5
DENVER — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet May 5 and 6 at Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. May 5 and is scheduled to adjourn shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Commissioners will receive briefings on a variety of issues, including updates from Great Outdoors Colorado, the Departments of both Natural Resources and Agriculture, Cameo Shooting Facility, Dam Safety Study, Off-Highway Vehicle law enforcement and field presence.
Updates about Colorado Parks and Wildlife strategic planning, finances and legislative issues are also scheduled along with presentations from Highline, Vega and Sylvan Lake State Parks.
Action items include updates to Big Game regulation chapter (W-2) and 2016 OHV Trail Grant funding approvals.
A complete agenda can be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/CommissionMeeting2015-5.aspx
The Commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. The next commission meeting is scheduled for June in Gunnison. Other 2015 commission meetings will be held in: July (Frisco); August (Durango); September (Craig); November (Wray); and December (Pueblo).
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