Low water at Vega State Park impacting boaters but not visitation — The #GrandJunction Daily Sentinel #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Vega State Park, with a view of Vega Reservoir in early spring, still partially frozen. By Jeffrey Beall – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57567250

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Sam Klomhaus):

Vega State Park’s boat ramps have been left high and dry this summer.

Every one of the park’s boat ramps are closed because of low water.

It was a bleak season for visitors to get boats on the high-elevation reservoir.

According to Park Manager James Masek, only one of the lake’s three boat ramps, the Island boat ramp, was even able to open this season, but it closed July 29.

Normally, Masek said, the Island, Early Settlers and Oak Point boat ramps open in May, and on good years, Island is able to stay open until October…

Vega Reservoir ended last year pretty low, Masek said, and didn’t get the snowpack on Grand Mesa needed to fill back up…

The park’s water level goes down as the summer progresses because the water is used for irrigation…

The visitation isn’t quite as high as it was last year, when the park saw a huge spike from people heading outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s consistent with previous years.

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