Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Water's getting pretty low at Jackson Lake

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is informing boaters that the water level at Jackson Lake State Park east of Jackson has dropped to a level that makes it difficult for larger vessels to launch. Water levels at the end of the boat ramp are currently at a mere two and a half feet.

The water stored in Jackson Lake is for irrigation of crops. The drawdown of the reservoir is the result of area farmers need for the water. Around Nov. 1, water should begin to flow into the reservoir again.

Smaller vessels such as small aluminum fishing boats and jet skis can still launch at Jackson Lake State Park. However, larger vessels with a deep hull or a trailer that sits high above the ground will have difficulty or be unable to launch. Hand launched craft such as canoes and kayaks will be allowed until the water level drops to a level that Park personnel cannot launch rescue craft onto the water.

Inspections for aquatic nuisance species are still in effect until the reservoir closes to boating. Hours for the station have changed effective Aug. 12. The new hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All other activities remain open. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, an OHV track, bird watching and interpretive programs. For the most current conditions, please call 970-645-2551 or email dnr_jackson.lake@state.cous or find us on Facebook.

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