Chatfield

State Park - Colorado

Chatfield State Park is a state park located in Douglas and Jefferson counties of Colorado, United States. The park centers on Chatfield Reservoir, a 1,423 acre surface area lake fed by the South Platte River and two other creeks, including Plum Creek.

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Chatfield SP https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatfield_State_Park Chatfield State Park is a state park located in Douglas and Jefferson counties of Colorado, United States. The park centers on Chatfield Reservoir, a 1,423 acre surface area lake fed by the South Platte River and two other creeks, including Plum Creek.
Trails Over 26 miles of hard surface and natural trails wind through the Chatfield area and provide Park visitors with an abundance of opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Trails are available for hiking, biking, dog walking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Many trails are mobility device friendly. Download a four-color Chatfield Trail Use map at: http:///cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield Picnicking Numerous picnic sites with tables and grills are located throughout the park. Individual sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Group Picnic sites are available by reservation through the Park office 303-791-7275. Passes, Permits A Colorado State Park pass is required year-round on all vehicles entering the park. Campers are required to have a valid camping permit in addition to a park pass. Visitors who use the Dog-Off-Leash Area are required to have a DOLA pass in addition to the park pass. Park passes are available at the entrance stations, park office and the campground office. Self serve stations accepting cash or check only are available when stations and offices are not manned. Camping The Chatfield campground offers 197 individual campsites. All sites have an electrical RV hook-up (20-30-50 amp) service, a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. In addition, 146 sites are considered full hook-up, and offer water and sewer connections, seasonally. Shower and flush comfort stations are located throughout the campground. A sewage dump station is located near the campground for use by registered campers. A fee is charged for non-registered campers to use the facility. It is illegal to dump wastewater, including dishwater and sewage, anywhere else. A camping permit is required in addition to a Parks pass for persons using the campground. Immediate occupancy of a site is required. Campers may only stay a maximum of 14 days in a 45-day period. Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and generators may not be operated during quiet hours. Due to popularity, camping reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at www.cpw.state.co.us or by calling 1-800-244-5613. Reservations are available in D Loop year round. Reservations for A and B Loops are typically available mid-April through mid-October and C Loop is typically available mid-April through the end of November. Reservations can be made a maximum of 6 months and minimum of three days in advance. Group campsites are available for reservation through our park office at 303-791-7275. Wildlife Chatfield’s acres of prairie and riparian areas provide habitat to a multitude of wildlife species. Over 345 species of birds have been sighted at the park. A Watchable Wildlife kiosk is located on top of the dam and provides information on key places within the Park to see wildlife. Beaver and muskrat are often seen in the Park’s wetland and pond areas. Whitetail, mule deer, coyotes, fox and bear live or feed in the area. Less developed, natural areas of the park are located on the south side along the Plum Creek and Platte River. Park programs and interpretive walks are offered throughout the year. A schedule of activities can be found on the website or by contacting the park office. Fishing In addition to a healthy population of trout and bass, Chatfield has walleye, channel catfish, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, and carp. The reservoir is periodically stocked with rainbow trout and other fish. Springtime presents superb walleye and trout opportunities, while bass, perch, crappie and catfish are most frequently caught during the summer. Ice fishing is usually under-way by mid-December. Check the Park website and at the entrance for current conditions. An accessible fishing pier is located near the marina on the east side of the lake. An accessible trail provides access to the South Platte River. Dog Off-Leash Area The fenced Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) at the north end of the park provides dog enthusiasts with 69-acres of space for exercising their pets. The Chatfield DOLA includes walking trails, two small ponds, two parking lots and restrooms. An annual DOLA pass ($20) or a daily DOLA ($2) is required, in addition to a park pass. Pets must be under voice control while inside the DOLA and on a leash while walking between vehicles and the entrance to the DOLA. Leashed pets are allowed throughout the park except at the swim beach. Owners are required to clean up and dispose of pet waste throughout the park. US Army Corps of Engineers ©CPW ©DICK VOGEL ©CPW/JERRY NEAL Horseback Riding Horse trailer parking, corrals, unloading ramps and a trailhead are located on the Park’s west side, south of the Deer Creek entrance. Horses are available for rent at the Chatfield Stables, located south west of the swim beach. Riders must stay on designated trails. Horses are prohibited at picnic sites, campsite, the swim beach and along the reservoir shoreline
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & Chatfield State Park W I L D L I F E FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Chatfield State Park is truly one of Colorado’s full-service outdoor recreation areas. We offer traditional outdoor activities such as picnicking, boating, swimming, bicycling, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and camping. We also offer recreational pursuits that may be more unique to the area, such as open water swim practice, hot air ballooning, remote control model airplane flying, and off-leash dog exercise. Nestled against the foothills southwest of Denver, the park is a “hot-spot” for all things recreation. Visitors to Chatfield State Park spend over $48.9 million annually at local businesses.1 Top attractions • Campgrounds located near hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, with opportunities for wildlife viewing • Numerous water recreation opportunities, including fishing, boating, paddle boarding and swimming • A unique chance to fly a model airplane or go for a ride in a hot air balloon Our partners • Audubon Society of Greater Denver • Jeffco Aeromodelers • Centennial Water & Sanitation District • Lockheed Martin • Chatfield Ballooning Association • South Suburban Parks & Recreation • Chatfield Marina • South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce • Chatfield Stables • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Denver Water • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary • Highlands Ranch Metro District • Sterling Ranch - Chatfield Community Association Challenges we face • The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project (CSRP), which will reallocate 20,600 acre feet of water storage (approximately 12 ft.) for municipal and industrial water supply and other purposes (i.e., agriculture, environmental restoration, recreation and fishery habitat protection and enhancement), will have major impacts on the swim beach, marina and other park facilities and infrastructure. It will also result in the loss of 587 acres of land due to increased fluctuations in the levels of the reservoir. • Encroaching development is resulting in increased issues with trails, roads, facilities and public safety. There is significant concern regarding impacts to wildlife, development of social trails, light pollution and degradation of the viewscape and natural areas. Volunteer activities • Volunteer opportunities include serving as naturalists; campground hosts; trail hosts; natural resource, maintenance and office support; and Dog-Off-Leash-Area ambassadors. • Annual volunteer recruitment open houses provide those interested with a chance to learn about all of the different opportunities available at the park. • Other volunteer activities include Eagle Scout projects, large group projects and cooperative projects with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING • 11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 791-7275 • chatfield.park@state.co.us Park Manager: Scott Roush As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s message Over the next several years, the way Chatfield looks may be changing, but not the recreational opportunities that we offer. As the area surrounding the park continues to change, protecting the resources of the park will become even more important. The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project is currently underway, and it will benefit everyone along the Front Range by helping to meet the water demands of a growing population. With the project’s planned recreational and environmental mitigation, Chatfield will remain a top destination for generations to come. The Chatfield Staff invites you to come out and enjoy everything we have to offer. Visitation Annual: 1,708,113 Geography Region: Northeast County: Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe Year Acquired: 1975 Elevation: 5,430 ft Miles From Denver: 15 Facilities 3 Boat Ramps Boat Rental Dump Station 4 Group Picnic Areas Laundry Marinas (seasonal) Mooring/Docking 139 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Stables (year-round) Acreage Total Acres: 5,831 Governmental US Cong Dist: 2nd & 4th CO Senate: 16th, 26th & 30th CO House: 22nd, 25th, 39th, & 43rd Trails Biking: 25.4 miles Hiking: 26.7 miles Horseback: 7.9 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 26.7 miles Total: 26.7 miles Employees Permanent: 16 Temporary: 57 Volunteers: 342 Volunteer Hours: 20,317 Roads Paved: 33.3 miles Unpaved: 1.6 miles Recreation Biking Boating Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Ice Fishing Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Swimming Walking Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Camping Campsites (electrical, seasonal): 51 Campsites (full-hookup, seasonal): 102 Campsites (full-hookup/electrical Nov-April): 44 Group Facilities (year-round): 10 Walden Fort Collins Craig H
M M M S VESPER SPARROW Lark Bunting Savannah Sparrow Grasshopper Sparrow SONG SPARROW Lincoln’s Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Harris’s Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow DARK-EYED JUNCO Lapland Longspur Brant Trumpeter Swan Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Y Ross’ Goose M Eurasian Wigeon W Greater Scaup M Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw) W Surf Scoter W Barrow’s Goldeneye American Swallow-tailed W Kite W Mississippi Kite Harris’s Hawk Grosbeaks & Bunting Red-shouldered Hawk M Rose-breasted Northern Bobwhite Grosbeak Dusky Grouse S Black-headed Grosbeak Sandhill Crane S Blue Grosbeak Black-bellied Plover S Lazuli Bunting American Golden Plover S Indigo Bunting Snowy Plover Piping Plover Blackbirds & Orioles Black-necked Stilt Y RED-WINGED Upland Sandpiper BLACKBIRD Whimbrel Y WESTERN MEADOWLong-billed Curlew LARK Hudsonian Godwit S Yellow-headed Blackbird Common Snipe S Brewer’s Blackbird Ruddy Turnstone S COMMON GRACKLE White-Rumped Sandpiper S Brown-headed Cowbird Red-necked Phalarope S BULLOCK’S ORIOLE Red Phalarope Parasitic Jaeger Finches Black-legged Kittiwake Y HOUSE FINCH Long-tailed Jaeger W Pine Siskin Laughing Gull S Lesser Goldfinch Mew Gull Y American Goldfinch Iceland Gull M Evening Grosbeak Lesser Black-backed Gull Greater Black-backed Gull Oldworld Sparrow Glaucous Gull Y HOUSE SPARROW Sabine’s Gull Caspian Tern INFREQUENTLY SEEN Least Tern SPECIES Long-billed Murrelet Red-throated Loon Ancient Murrelet Yellow-billed Loon Band-tailed Pigeon Clark’s Grebe White-winged Dove Brown Pelican Black-billed Cuckoo American Bittern Barn Owl Least Bittern Northern Pygmy-Owl Great Egret Short-eared Owl Yellow-crowned Night Heron Northern Saw-whet Owl Burrowing Owl Common Poorwill Black Swift Chimney Swift Black-chinned Hummingbird Calliope Hummingbird Rufous Hummingbird Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Red-naped Sapsucker Williamson’s Sapsucker Eastern Wood-Pewee Alder Flycatcher Gray Flycatcher Vermilion Flycatcher Ash-throated Flycatcher Great Crested Flycatcher Cassin’s Kingbird Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Thick-billed Kingbird White-eyed Vireo Cassin’s Vireo Pinyon Jay Clark’s Nutcracker Chihuahuan Raven Purple Martin Bushtit Bewick’s Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet Eastern Bluebird Veery Gray-cheeked Thrush Long-billed Thrasher Curve-billed Thrasher Blue-winged Warbler Golden-winged Warbler Tennessee Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Magnolia Warbler Cape May Warbler Black-throated Warbler Black-throated Grey Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Prairie Warbler Palm Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Mourning Warbler Black-and-white Warbler Prothonotary Warbler Worm-eating Warbler Kentucky Warbler Canada Warbler Hooded Warbler Ovenbird Summer Tanager Scarlet Tanager Dickcissel Cassin’s Sparrow Field Sparrow Black-throated Sparrow Sage Sparrow Baird’s Sparrow LeConte’s Sparrow Fox Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow McCown’s Longspur Chestnut-collared Longspur Snow Bunting Bobolink Rusty Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle Orchard Oriole Baltimore Oriole Purple Finch Cassin’s Finch Red Crossbill Common Redpoll Birds of Chatfield State Park and Waterton Canyon Information compiled by Hugh Kingery and Frank & Jan Justice. Updated by Joey Kellner Drafted by Jennifer Steffen 2013 Date____________ Weather _____________ Locality____________________________________ Time ____________ Total Species __________ Observer(s)_________________________________ LEGEND W - Winter M - Migrant S - Summer Y– Year-round Names of species frequently seen appear in all capital letters American Vultures M Turkey Vulture Eagles & Hawks M Osprey W Bald Eagle W Northern Harrier M Sharp-shinned Hawk M Cooper’s Hawk M Northern Goshawk M Broad-winged Hawk S Swainson’s Hawk Y RED-TAILED HAWK M Ferruginous Hawk W Rough-legged Hawk Y Golden Eagle Falcons Y AMERICAN KESTREL W Merlin M Peregrine Falcon W Prairie Falcon M Common Loon Grebes S Pied-billed Grebe M Horned Grebe M Eared Grebe M WESTERN GREBE Pelicans M AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN Cormorants S DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT Ibises M White-faced Ibis Swans, Geese, & Ducks M Tundra Swan M Greater Whitefronted Goose Owls Y CANADA GOOSE Y Eastern Screech Owl S Wood Duck Y GREAT HORNED W GREEN-WINGED OWL TEAL Y Long-eared Owl Y MALLARD M White-winged Scoter Bitterns & Herons S Blue-winged Teal S GREAT BLUE HERON M Northern Pintail M Snowy Egret S Cinnamon Teal M Black-drowned Night M Northern Shoveler Heron M Gadwall M Green Heron M American Widgeon M Canvasback Loons M Redhead M Pacific Loon M Ring-necked Duck M Lesser Scaup W COMMON GOLDENEYE M Bufflehead M Hooded Merganser Y COMMON MERGANSER M Red-breasted Merganser M Ruddy Duck Rails & Coots Y Virginia Rail S Sora S AMERICAN COOT Pheasants Y Ring-necked Pheasant Plovers M Semipalmated Plover Y KILLDEER Avocets M American Avocet Sandpipers & Phalaropes M Greater Yellowlegs M Lesser Yellowlegs M Solitary Sandpiper M Willet S Spotted Sandpiper M Marbled Godwit M Sanderling M Semipalm
COLORADO PA R K S & WILDLIFE Your Guide to Colorado’s 41 State Parks 2018 Edition cpw.state.co.us CAMPING RESERVATIONS • 1-800-244-5613 • cpw.state.co.us i Welcome to Your State Parks! Wherever you go in Colorado, there’s Cheyenne Mountain a state park waiting to welcome State Park you. Mountains or prairies, rivers or forests, out in the country or next to the city… Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water. On a high peak or on the prairie. In the country or the city. In spring, summer, winter or fall. Golden Gate Canyon State Park State parks are great places for families. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy together such as boating, hiking or picnicking, as well as organized nature walks, talks and events. Junior Ranger programs, activity backpacks, kid-friendly hikes and fishing ponds for kids are among the many offerings for youth. From toddler to teen and adult to senior, every family member can enjoy their activity of choice, then come together to share a meal and stories around the campfire. Whether you’re an active outdoor recreationist or prefer to spend time watching clouds go by, you’ll enjoy the special moments waiting for you in the state parks. Rifle Gap State Park Cover photos: Large photo: State Forest State Park; lower left: Pearl Lake State Park; lower center: Elkhead State Park; lower right: Lory State Park Plan Your Visit Colorado’s state parks are open every day of the year, weather permitting. Day-use areas are generally open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and some parks may have closed gates after hours. Campgrounds are open 24 hours a day. Contact individual parks for hours of operation. Check our website for seasonal or maintenance closures: cpw.state.co.us Entrance Passes All Colorado state parks charge an entrance fee. Cost of a daily pass may vary by park ($7–$9). A pass covers all occupants of a vehicle and is valid until noon the day after purchase. Some parks may charge a per-person fee for cyclists and walk-ins. Fees are used to help pay operating costs. Cherry Creek State Park charges an additional fee for the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority. Annual Pass Who doesn’t love a deal? And the state parks annual pass is a great one. For just one low price, the annual pass lets you enjoy all 41 state parks for unlimited visits for 12 months from date of purchase. That’s all the parks. That’s unlimited times. The annual pass pays for itself in as few as 10 visits. If you’re a Colorado resident who’s 64 years or older, there’s even a further discounted Aspen Leaf annual pass. There are also passes for disabled and income-eligible residents. For details and to purchase a pass, visit a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office, state park or buy online: cpw.state.co.us Extend Your Stay Make more of your state park visit by staying overnight. Bring your tent or RV, spend a cozy night in a cabin, camp in a tipi or discover a comfortable, year-round alternative State Forest State Park to traditional camping with a yurt. All together, the state parks have more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts. Almost 300 campsites are ADA accessible. Many parks offer campsites or cabins for large groups. Heated cabins and yurts make a park getaway suitable any season of the year. Camping Reservations Summer weekends fill up quickly so advance reservations for overnight stays are recommended. Reservations can be made six months to three days ahead of arrival. Reserve online: cpw.state.co.us Toll Free: 1-800-244-5613 A nonrefundable reservation fee applies to bookings, and visitors must purchase a daily or annual entrance pass in addition to paying camping and reservation fees. Unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 What Can I Do There? Colorado’s state parks are places to have fun, get away, recreate and re-create. Here are some park activities to help you do that: Fishing Top-notch fishing awaits anglers in 37 state parks across Colorado. Think Gold Medal Waters and trophy fish. A valid fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years and older. Licenses and our annual Colorado Fishing regulations brochure are available online, at most parks and at CPW authorized sales agents. Water Sports Many state parks are built around a lake or Crawford waterway, which means boating and other water State Park sports are among the headliners. Larger parks offer boat rentals and full-service marinas. Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Col
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E 2020 Colorado State Recreation Lands INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STATE WILDLIFE AREAS, STATE TRUST LANDS, STATE PARKS cpw.state.co.us ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS LINKS TO MAPS MAKE CAMPING & HUNTING RESERVATIONS ONLINE! STATE WILDLIFE AREAS STATE FISHING WATERS STATE TRUST LANDS STATE PARKS Cherry Creek State Park © Nora Logue VIDEOS CHECK OUT THE 360 VIDEOS OF COLORADO’S STATE PARKS! 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING #TAKEAKIDFISHING G.E.M. TRAIL NOW OPEN IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS! CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2020................................................1 cpw.state.co.us COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 RESERVATIONS......................................................1 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. ■ Abbreviation key................................................................................1 STATE FISH UNITS (SFUs)........................................2 ■ What is an SFU?..................................................................................2 ■ SFU properties & regulations..............................................................2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR Dan Prenzlow COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEMBERS, as of July 2020 STATE WILDLIFE AREAS (SWAs)......................... 3–29 Marvin McDaniel, Chair Carrie Besnette Hauser, Vice-Chair Marie Haskett, Secretary Taishya Adams Betsy Blecha Charles Garcia Dallas May ■ What is an SWA?.................................................................................3 ■ SWA access rules................................................................................3 ■ SWA properties & regulations..................................................... 4–29 STATE TRUST LANDS (STLs) PUBLIC ACCESS PROGRAM.............................. 30–51 ■ What are trust lands? What is the STL public access program?.............30 ■ State trust lands FAQs/access rules...................................................30 ■ State trust lands public access properties & regulations............ 31–51 REGULATION BROCHURE EDITOR Chelsea Harlan PRINTED STATE PARKS................................................. 52–59 The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) receives federal financial assistance from multiple bureaus within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as amended), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age. In addition, CPW adheres to all antidiscrimination laws of the state of Colorado. For more information on how to request an accommodation or to file a grievance, please visit cpw.state.co.us/accessibility. MAPS............................................................ 60–65 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northeast ..........60 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southeast ..........61 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northwest .........62 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southwest ........63 ■ NEW State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Central close-up.............................64 ■ Game management units (GMUs)....................................................65 NOTICE: Laws and regulations in this brochure are paraphrased for easier understanding and are intended only as a guide. Complete Colorado wildlife statutes and regulations are available at CPW offices listed below and online: cpw.state.co.us/regulations CPW REGIONAL AND AREA OFFICE LOCATIONS ADMINISTRATION 1313 Sherman St., #618 Denver, 80203 303-297-1192 (M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. MT) LANDS INDEX BY COUNTY............................... 66–73 ■ State fish units, state wildlife areas, state trust lands, state parks GET THE BROCHURE ONLINE: cpw.state.co.us/rec-lands Send us your outdoor photos and stories for a chance to be featured on a brochure cover or CPW's online blog! HUNTER.TESTIMONIALS@STATE.CO.US COVER: ▶ Gone fishing at Sylvan Lake State Park. © Dustin Doskocil for CPW OTHER PHOTOS, LEFT TO RIGHT: ▶ Mountain biking at Trinidad Lake State Park. © Thomas Kimmell for CPW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STAT
WHAT'S NEW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & LICENSES W I L D L I F E 2021 Colorado Fishing SEASON: MARCH 1, 2021–MARCH 31, 2022 cpw.state.co.us 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: APRIL 19, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS PAGE 1 The qualifying age for applying for a senior lifetime low-income fishing license was incorrectly listed as 65 and older at the time of publication. The correct information is: Senior lifetime low-income fishing licenses are available for Colorado residents age 64 and older. Go online for full eligibility requirements: cpw.state. co.us The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. page 1 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE BACK PAGE BACK COVER The contest start date for Take a Friend Fishing was incorrect at the time of publication. The correct information is: The contest starts APRIL 1, 2021! Go online for contest rules and how to enter: cpw.state.co.us/ takeafriend The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. back cover ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS VIDEOS FISHING FOR HIP HOP: COLORADO STYLE FISHING FUNDS CONSERVATION 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING © CPW GET THE CPW FISHING APPS: The CPW Fishing app can help you discover over 1,300 fishing locations, check local conditions, read up on regulations and more! The CPW Match a Hatch app can help you match your fly to the same insects where you’re fishing! CO OUTDOORS “QUICK TIP”: SPINCAST REELS CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2021................................................ 1 cpw.state.co.us LICENSE INFORMATION...................................... 1–2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 ■ License & Habitat Stamp fees........................................................................1 ■ What you need to buy a fishing license; license requirements......................1 ■ Residency requirements; Habitat Stamps; anglers with disabilities..............2 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. GENERAL INFORMATION.................................... 3–7 Dan Prenzlow ■ Fishery programs: Gold Medal Waters; Wild Trout; stream surveys.................3 ■ State records program: Records by Weight; Records by Length......................4 ■ State Records by Weight award table.............................................................4 ■ Master Angler program; award lengths.........................................................5 ■ Help improve your fisheries............................................................................5 ■ Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).....................................................................6 ■ Fishing terms glossary...................................................................................7 ■ Online fishing information resources.............................................................7 FISHING LAWS................................................. 8–10 ■ Legal fishing methods....................................................................................8 ■ Special conditions & restrictions...............................................................8−9 ■ Statewide bag & possession limits...............................................................10 ■ MAP: Wiper/white bass & walleye/saugeye bag limits................................10 SPECIAL REGULATIONS: FISHING WATERS........11–39 ■ MAP: Upper Arkansas River.........................................................................12 ■ MAP: Blue River Basin.................................................................................13 ■ MAP: Middle Colorado & Eagle Rivers..........................................................15 ■ MAP: Upper Colorado River — Headwaters to Radium...............................16 ■ MAP: Conejos & Alamosa River Drainages...................................................18 ■ MAP: Upper Gunnison Basin — Taylor Park Res. to Blue Mesa Res..............19 ■ MAP: NEW North Fork Gunnison Basin — Hotchkiss to McClure

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