Mancos State Park opens for boating

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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Jackson Gulch Reservoir is open for boating.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

Mancos State Park has opened Jackson Gulch Reservoir for boating. In addition to boating, Mancos offers 32 campsites, two yurts, hiking trails, beautiful mountain views and great fishing.

The entrance station opens for the summer season on May 19. Prior to May 19 the park is on a self-serve basis for entry and camping fees.

Campsite reservations are filling up quickly for the Memorial Day weekend. Call to make a reservation to 1-800-678-2267 or going online to www.parks.state.co.us. The park rents pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks. So, come on out and enjoy Mancos State Park.

Fishing licenses are required to fish at the park.

If you are coming to Mancos to go boating, please check that your vessel has all of the required safety items onboard.

To prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), including zebra and quagga mussels, all trailered vessels must be inspected prior to launch. The inspection station at the boat ramp will begin regular summer inspection hours on Saturday May 19. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week.

Prior to May 19, a pre-launch inspection is required.

Schedule an inspection with the Mancos Volunteer Camphost by calling 970-903-7286 or schedule an inspection with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife office in Dolores by calling 970-882-2213 or schedule an inspection with a certified inspector in the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Durango office by calling 970-247-0855.

Obtain a pre-inspection seal and receipt from a certified inspection location in Colorado Inspection stations are also available at boating waters around the state. A complete list of inspection sites and hours of operation can be found at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/MandatoryBoatInspections.aspx.

Please visit http://www.parks.state.co.us/NaturalResources/ParksResourceStewardship/AquaticNuisanceSpecies/Pages/AquaticNuisanceSpeciesHome.aspx.to find out more about Aquatic Nusance Species (ANS) and parks with inspection stations or call the Parks & Wildlife Dolores office at 970-882-2213.

Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.