Arapaho National Recreation Area Boat Ramp Closures |

Arapaho National Recreation Area Boat Ramp Closures

Three boat launches in the Arapaho National Recreation Area are closed to trailered or motorized boats from May 15 through Oct. 31, 2009. The boat launches affected are:

the two Willow Creek Reservoir boat launches, limiting the reservoir to hand-launched vessels such as kayaks, rafts, canoes and belly boats and

the Hilltop boat launch located at the north end of Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

These closures are designed to support the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s (CDOW) quagga and zebra mussel boat inspection and decontamination stations. Quagga and zebra mussels are a highly invasive aquatic species that impact water quality, distribution, recreation and fisheries and have been found in Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Willow Creek Reservoir.

The Hilltop boat launch will be temporarily opened from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, May 30 and June 6, to assist boaters in launching their boats for the season. All boats must be inspected prior to launching. The nearest boat inspection station to the Hilltop boat launch is located at the Town of Grand Lake’s public boat ramp on the north end of Grand Lake. Boats can also be inspected and decontaminated at the Green Ridge Boat launch located at end of Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Green Ridge boat launch will be open for boat launching and retrieval throughout the summer.

For more information about these closures, please call Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information at 970-887-4100 or visit our website at