Friday, July 31, 2020

No club meetings planned for August

Because of ongoing limits on public gatherings due to the pandemic, no Loveland Fishing Club events are planned through at least the month of August, according to President Jim Baxter. This unfortunately includes the annual picnic.

Some club members are continuing to gather on Friday mornings for breakfast. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Celebrate Colorado Day with Free Entrance into State Parks on August 3

This free entry day provides an opportunity to experience Colorado’s state parks and the diverse landscapes they showcase.

DENVER – In celebration of Colorado Day, and the 144th birthday of the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers free entry to 41 state parks on Monday, August 3. Although the state recognizes this annual holiday on the first of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion with free entrance on the first Monday of August.

Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant.

“Colorado Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the natural beauty of our state and spend time outside,” said State Trails Program Manager Fletcher Jacobs. “Coloradans have a rich tradition of embracing an outdoor lifestyle, and our state parks offer a variety of outdoor activities that people of all ages and physical levels can enjoy.”

This free entry day provides an opportunity to experience Colorado’s state parks and the diverse landscapes they showcase. All other park fees remain in effect, including camping reservations, boat and off-highway vehicle registrations, and hunting and fishing licenses.

To begin planning your unique Colorado adventure, visit the CPW park finder. State park outdoor recreation activities include: 
  • Water sports- boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming
  • Wildlife and wildflower viewing, birdwatching and tours with naturalists
  • Hiking, horseback riding, biking, and rock climbing
  • Stargazing and geocaching
  • Accessibility programs are available to people with disabilities
In an effort to thank military members for their service, CPW offers active duty and veterans free admission to all state parks for the entire month of August. Military members and veterans can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of military service. Passes become available on August 1, 2020.

Coloradans are encouraged to practice the Care for Colorado - Leave No Trace principles and trail safety etiquette when recreating outdoors, such as:
  • Plan ahead- visit individual park pages or use the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app to learn about park closures and visitor center hours
  • Spread out on trails to avoid crowds
  • Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when passing people on trails
  • Avoid dangerous outdoor activities that can result in a hospital visit
  • Pack out your trash
For more information about Colorado’s state parks and outdoor recreation, visit the CPW website. Learn more about Colorado's Outdoor Principles and how outdoor recreation should be enjoyed with thoughtful conservation.

Colorado blue columbine
bighorn sheep

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Remembing Emmett

A Florida native, Emmett shows
off the first fish he ever caught through the ice,
here in Colorado on a 2018 club outing. 
If you're looking for a way to honor the memory of our late friend and club member Emmett Allan Jones, consider a donation to the club's In Memorium fund. Unless earmarked for other projects by family members, In Memorium funds donated to the club go to Colorado Youth Outdoors, where Emmett was a club liason. The club frequently volunteers to help with youth outdoor recreational activities at CYO's Swift Ponds northwest of Windsor.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, he and wife Sandy moved to Loveland in 2000 after retiring from Anheuser-Busch. He wanted to be closer to their daughter, Blaire J. Ferguson and granddaughters, Emory Ferguson LeFebre and Mason Ferguson.

 Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Loveland, CO in 2000 after retiring from Anheuser-Busch—Jacksonville. He wanted to be closer to their daughter, Blaire J. Ferguson and granddaughters, Emory Ferguson LeFebre and Mason Ferguson.

Checks should be sent to Club Treasurer Barbra Ding, 20059 Northmoor Drive, Johnstown, CO 80534, made out to the Loveland Fishing Club in Emmett's name. She can be reached at

Here's the description of our In Memorium program from the website,

In Memorium donation option

In honor of deceased club members, the Loveland Fishing Club has entered into a partnership with Colorado Youth Outdoors to help fund outdoor recreational activities that strengthen the relationship between youngsters and their families.

Unless earmarked for other projects by family members, In Memoriam funds donated to the club will now go into a special CYO Loveland Fishing Club Members fund that will be used to help with the nonprofit's work at Swift Ponds outdoor education and recreational facility northwest of Windsor.

The first donation of $300 was made in memory of Dave O. Harem, 81, the club's first treasurer and one of the club's most active volunteers with the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby, the Fishing Club Senior Derby and other projects.  The money was given to the club by family and friends in lieu of flowers after his death in February 2017.

"This is a very appropriate way to help us honor the memory of Dave and other club members who will inevitably be passing on sometime in the future," says President Fred Riehm.  A number of club members are active volunteers at Swift Ponds, and the club annually helps with CYO fund raisers and introduces young girls to fishing at their annual Girl Scouts Day Camp at Swift Ponds.  CYO also partners with the club in support of the annual Loveland Police Kids Derby. 

Further information on Colorado Youth Outdoors can be found on their website,

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Club member Emmett Allan Jones has passed away

We just got news that Emmett, 78, a club member since 2010 and good fishing friend, passed away Friday, July 17. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Allnutt Funeral Service - Hunter Chapel in Loveland.

Emmett has been a club member since 2010 and served as a club liason to Colorado Youth Outdoors.

No services have been planned.

"He was a fine fellow and we offer our condolences to his family," said Club President Jim Baxter. "He will be missed."

Here is a link to Emmett's obituary. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Annual ranger Lakes camp out is July xx - xx

The annual high country trout fishing trip looks to be smaller than usual, but you may want to run up for a day of fishing.

Looks like this is us. Bill and Linda,Jim and Jean, Terry and I don't know if Linda is coming or not, and Visger and I (our wives are not coming). I haven't heard from any day trippers.

My thoughts are that, due to covid,it may not be a good idea to do a pot luck steak night. That does not mean that we cannot have a cocktail hour and even eat together if we choose.So, we could start off with cocktails on Monday  at 5:00 at my trailer and go from there. I am in space 102

If anyone has other thoughts I am always open to suggestions.

Bill,if you could put the dates on the blog maybe some others would like to join for a day

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Let the rest of us know if you're having issues

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to challenge us all, but to our knowledge no club members have been infected. Is there anyone we should know about?

Please drop us a note if you or a loved one has been impacted, by clicking here, Coronavirus e-mail

Stay safe, and stay well.

General meeting for July has been cancelled

Because of ongoing concerns over Covid-19, the Tuesday, July 21st general meeting at Chilson Senior Center has been cancelled. Also, the senior wing of the Chilson Center continues to remain closed.

President Jim Baxter said the possibility of a general meeting was considered by the Board but rejected, and no meetings will be reset until further notice.