Mar 12, 2012 6:18 PM by Greg Boyce
With the impending arrival of summer, Lake Pueblo State Park will expand boat launch hours on Thursday, March 15.
On that day, boat ramps will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Throughout the year, all boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species, most commonly freshwater mussels, prior to entering the water. Mussels can quickly multiply in warm water and can clog pipes and other equipment at dams.
The mandatory boat inspection program began in 2008 when mussels were found at the Pueblo Reservoir.
Lake Pueblo is open to boating 24 hours a day, but boats can only be launched when the inspection stations are open - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the summer months. In the winter months, after October 15, boats can only be launched from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Boaters can still fish or stay on their boats 24 hours a day. However, they will only be able to launch and load when the ramps and inspection stations are open," said Brad Henley, Lake Pueblo State Park's manager.