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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Ruedi Reservoir Extends Boat Ramp Inspection Hours

The main boat ramp at Ruedi Reservoir is now open from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. during the month of July. The extended hours are in response to the wishes of the boating public for ramp access later in the evenings during the summer months, and is being facilitated by funding contributions to the Ruedi Inspection Program by the State of Colorado.

Ruedi Boat Ramp 2018 Season

May 1 - October 31, 2018

Inspection Hours

  • May 1 - May 19
    • 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • May 19 - June 30
    • 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • July 1 - July 31
    • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • August 1 - October 31
    • 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

As in years past, motorized boats are required to undergo inspections prior to launch to prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species into the waterway.

Access down the concrete boat ramp will be limited to the hours above when the boat inspection station is open. Boaters who return to the ramp after the gate is locked in the evening will have to anchor their watercraft or tie it to the boat dock and return when the station is open to retrieve it.

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) such as quagga mussels and zebra mussels pose a massive financial, recreational, and ecological threat to waterways throughout the state. The pests latch onto almost any surface, eventually encrusting lake bottoms, and clogging boat motors and water distribution systems critical for irrigation and energy production and there is no known methods or treatment for their eradication. In the past, Ruedi was considered a moderate risk for invasive mussel infestation, but many who boat at Ruedi also take their boats to Lake Powell each year. Lake Powell has tested positive for mussels, elevating the risk at Ruedi.

“We want to provide a great experience for boaters and anglers using Ruedi Reservoir while also ensuring that Aquatic Nuisance Species do not take hold and cause irreversible damage to our waterways,” said Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer. “We appreciate the public’s help keeping Ruedi free of these destructive species by cooperating with inspection regulations.”

Non-motorized vessels such as canoes and kayaks are not required to undergo inspection and can launch from Ruedi Boat Ramp and other locations around Ruedi Reservoir.

Clean, Drain, and Dry!

All boaters and anglers can help keep waterways free of Aquatic Nuisance Species infestation by following “Clean, Drain, Dry” principles before entering and when leaving waterbodies:

Clean: all mud, plant and animal material from boats, trailers, boots, gear and equipment
Drain: all water from bilges, live wells and ballast tanks
Dry: all equipment completely before entering a new body of water

For additional information about Ruedi Reservoir, please contact the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at 970-963-2266. For a “Boater’s Guide to Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections” follow the link below.

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