Blue Mesa Reservoir: Fall schedule for invasive mussel inspections

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From the Delta County Independent:

Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramp hours will be 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. Both entrance and exit inspections at Elk Creek will be done at the Elk Creek Marina, rather than the campground entrance. Vessels that have been slipped or on the water for more than 24 hours must go through a high risk inspection and possibly decontamination. No motorized or trailered vessel launching or retrieval is allowed outside of Elk Creek and Lake Fork boat ramps, only hand launched watercraft may launch outside of these locations and their trailers may not enter the water…

Due to nighttime temperatures below freezing and the potential for water lines and portable decontamination units to freeze, boat decontamination may not be available at Lake Fork. Boats requiring decontamination will be sent to Elk Creek. The best way to assure that your boat does not require decontamination is for it to be clean, drained and dried of any standing water upon arrival at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Due to freezing fall temperatures and the likelihood that our large decontamination unit will have to close, the proper decontamination may not be available to vessels coming in with attached adult mussels. Those vessels may be denied access to the lake until they obtain decontamination at another facility.

More invasive species coverage here and here.

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