Monday, March 18, 2013

Boyd's open for boating

Boyd Lake opened for boating on Sunday, March 17; I (and a couple other optimists) took the boat out for a few hours that afternoon to test the waters, which are still pretty cold, about 38 degrees. 

Inspections are still required; current hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

North Sterling State Park has also opened to boating, about a month earlier than scheduled.  The Division of Wildlife says they've begun "aggressive stocking" and fishing should pick up as water temperatures rise."  That may be a bit optimistic:  last summer's water drawdowns for irrigation was expected to lead to a total fish kill.  That didn't happen last year, but losses were set at more than 75 percent.

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