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Old 02-13-2017, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default When are the Docs Opening at Chatfield?

I drove around the lake yesterday and checked out the ponds on the south end and ... no ice.

The web page says only that the docs will open when there is no ice.

So ... has anybody heard when?
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Always March 1st.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you allowed to shore launch a kayak at any of the state parks before the marinas open?
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some people get out early when ice is off but regs. say no watercraft. Have to call the park office. I want to get my canoe out. Bigger boats??
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Pueblo the ramps are open...I believe Lake Hasty at John Martin you can hand launch...Carter and Horsetooth not state parks but you can hand launch...
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Chat won't open until They hire and "train" the new regime of ANS inspectors and place Them at the checkpoints there...
Oh Boy, another new crop to train as I arrive / depart....
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Gawd I remember when we would hit Chatty in February and pound the walleyes. Freekin stupid state workers-
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Gawd I remember when we would hit Chatty in February and pound the walleyes. Freekin stupid state workers-
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I took my boat Canon Marine yesterday and went by Pueblo just to see what the water levels look like. It is already pretty high Hopefully we will get another good Crappie/Perch spawn?
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The CPW web site says:

"... Inspections are conducted daily, 7 days a week, with the following hours of operation:

March 1st (OR ice off) - March 31st
6am to 8pm
(North Ramps Only)"


It said nothing about "when personnel are trained up". It is poor planning not to have people trained and in the queue for staffing. Since the planning is lacking ... maybe the trainers should man the gates so they remember how cold they get when it's them out there inspecting craft in February at night.
... Problem solved. :-)

Maybe this would inspire better planning.

My recollection is that ice has come off of Chatfield by Feb 15 nearly every year as long back as I can recall ... circa 1985. Or at least half the lake has thawed out by then. I remember on many occasions having to bust through the skim ice at the ramp to get on the water and never had a problem.

Why don't they just plan to open on Feb 1 (global warming) and why do we have to wait for ALL the ice to be off before the docks open? ... just post signs "launch at your own risk". I did it that way for years (at night) without incident.

I feel that if you are hauling ars around CF, or any other reservoir for that matter, when half the lake is frozen ... you deserve to loose your vessel. ARRRGGHHH! The trick is GO SLOW and have a spotter.

The message for CPW is: Light a fire under it boys ... open that lake up!

... and PS: The November 30 closing is totally arbitrary as well!

(and just so you don't forget and get in trouble) ... Happy Valentines Day!

Mac

Sorry about the rant but it's frustrating.
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