DOW offering free boat inspections to Grand County residents on Saturday |

DOW offering free boat inspections to Grand County residents on Saturday

GRANBY – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will perform free end-of-year boat inspections and decontamination services for Grand County residents who have boats moored on Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake.

Inspections will be conducted at the Grand Lake public boat ramp 8 a.m. to noon and at the overflow parking lot near the Sunset Point boat ramp at Lake Granby from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

“Many residents are now getting ready to take their boats out of the water for winter,” said Elizabeth Brown, DOW invasive species coordinator. “We want to accommodate them by providing additional inspection services, making this process as fast and convenient as possible.”

Residents are encouraged to have boats inspected prior to placing vessels in winter storage. Following an inspection or if necessary, decontamination, vessels will receive a “green” seal and receipt, enabling boaters to launch more quickly next spring.

Regular inspection stations will remain open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week until Oct. 31, for boaters who plan on leaving vessels on the water until the very end of the season.

The DOW’s watercraft inspection program is part of an ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in Colorado.

Under Colorado law, all boats launched on any waterway where invasive mussels have been detected must pass a state-certified inspection prior to launching at a new location. Lakes and reservoirs testing positive for mussels include: Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Willow Creek Reservoir, Grand Lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Jumbo Reservoir (Logan County) and Tarryall Reservoir state wildlife areas.

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