Rifle Gap

State Park - Colorado

Rifle Gap State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Garfield County near Rifle, Colorado. The 1,341-acre (5.43 km2) park established in 1966 includes a 360-acre (1.5 km2) reservoir. Plant communities are pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush shrubland with deciduous riparian forest in places along the edge of the Rifle Gap Reservoir. Commonly observed wildlife include mule deer, elk and great horned owls. Park facilities include a visitors center, campgrounds, picnic sites and a boat ramp.

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Map of Cedar Mountain and Dry Rifle Creek north of Rifle Gap Reservoir in the Colorado River Valley Field Office area. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Cedar Mountain and Dry Rifle Creek - Trail System

Map of Cedar Mountain and Dry Rifle Creek north of Rifle Gap Reservoir in the Colorado River Valley Field Office area. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,White River - Summer Bike Routes

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Rifle Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).White River MVUM - Rifle Winter 2018

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Rifle Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Rifle Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).White River MVUM - Rifle - Summer 2021

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Rifle Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Flat Tops Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).White River MVUM - Flat Tops Winter 2018

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Flat Tops Ranger District in White River National Forest (NF). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Back side of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Flat Tops area in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).White River MVUM - Flat Tops - Summer 2021 (Back)

Back side of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of Flat Tops area in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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Guide to Colorado State Parks. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - Guide 2018

Guide to Colorado State Parks. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Guide to Colorado State Recreation Lands. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - State Recreation Lands 2020

Guide to Colorado State Recreation Lands. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Colorado Fishing Guide. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - Fishing 2021

Colorado Fishing Guide. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Rifle Gap SP https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/riflegap https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifle_Gap_State_Park Rifle Gap State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Garfield County near Rifle, Colorado. The 1,341-acre (5.43 km2) park established in 1966 includes a 360-acre (1.5 km2) reservoir. Plant communities are pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush shrubland with deciduous riparian forest in places along the edge of the Rifle Gap Reservoir. Commonly observed wildlife include mule deer, elk and great horned owls. Park facilities include a visitors center, campgrounds, picnic sites and a boat ramp.
Nearby Attractions While not offered within the park, Rifle Gap is also close to a championship 18 hole golf course and world class climbing. Visitors hoping to golf at Rifle Creek Golf Course http://www.riflecreekgolf.com or climb at Rifle Mountain Park http://www.rifleco.org are able to enjoy the amenities at Rifle Gap while using it as a “base camp.” C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Rifle Gap State Park ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS History In 1964, near the abandoned site of the tiny town of Austin, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, working with the Silt Water Conservation District, began construction of the Rifle Gap Dam at the confluence of East and West Rifle Creeks. This project was completed in 1968 to provide irrigation water for farmers and ranchers in the area. Rifle Gap became a state park in 1967. Forty years later, the park, with help from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Great Outdoors Colorado, completed extensive renovations and additions. Please help us maintain these new facilities! Location JAMES M. ROBBCOLORADO RIVER STATE PARK GRAND JUNCTION RIFLE HARVEY GAP STATE PARK GYPSUM EAGLE DOTSERO GLENWOOD SPRINGS Visitors Center Park staff is available to answer your questions and provide first aid and emergency assistance when needed. The visitor center is located on the northeast side of the reservoir on State Highway 325. From Rifle, head north on Highway 13 for approximately two miles. Turn right at Highway 325 and travel six miles to the visitors center, located at the main entrance. For information call (970) 625-1607. CARBONDALE GRAND MESA ASPEN REDSTONE Entrance Fees Rifle Gap State Park 5775 Highway 325 • Rifle, CO 81650 E-mail: rifle.gap.park@state.co.us cpw.state.co.us Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. R ifle Gap State Park and its 360 surface acre reservoir lies at the foot of the majestic Grand Hogback, just nine miles north of Rifle. The clean clear waters of this reservoir provide excellent boating, fishing, waterskiing and swimming opportunities for our warm weather visitors. During the colder months, visitors enjoy excellent hunting and ice fishing opportunities within the park. In addition to the water based activities, this newly renovated park is a popular camping and picnicking destination. CPW_RMRF_10.5_3/16 cpw.state.co.us Entrance fees help us maintain these new facilities. State Park passes are required year round and are available at the Visitor Center and self-serve stations located throughout the park. Visitors may chose to either purchase a daily park pass which is valid from the date purchased until noon the next day or they may purchase an annual pass which is valid at any Colorado State Park. Colorado residents age 64 and older may purchase annual passes (Aspen Leaf) at a discounted rate. Regulations Regulations also play an important role in maintaining our facilities, protecting our resources, and helping ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable stay. The following list includes answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Please do your part to help alleviate these concerns. • Quiet hours last from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Please respect others and keep noise down within the campgrounds. • Pets must be under control and on a leash no longer than six feet. This limits conflicts between pets and decreases the likelihood of an accidental dog bite. Controlled pets are also less likely to attack wildlife. • Fires are only allowed in designated grills. Please make sure to constantly monitor your fire and completely extinguish it when it is no longer needed. Firewood gathering is prohibited within the park; however firewood is available from camp hosts and at the visitor center. • Keep vehicles on designated roads and parking spots. Driving vehicles off road can damage vegetation and soil. Common sense and common courtesy will help all of us enjoy the park more. Park Activities Camping The renovation of the campgrounds at Rifle Gap was completed in 2007. The park now has 89 campsites located in five campgrounds on the north shore of the reservoir. Each campground is unique and offers its own advantages. Cottonwood Campground has eight campsites with water and 50 amp electrical hook-ups at each campsite. This campground is very close to the reservoir during high water years and offers more natural shade than any other campground in the park. Lakeview Campground has 46 campsites offering great panoramic views of the park and the valley below. Whether you want a secluded tent site or an RV site with all the utilities (water, sewer and 50 amp electrical hookups) Lakeview campground is a great choice! Rifle Gap State Park BLM Access To Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap State Parks East Rifle Creek D C F Fishing and Hunting Main Entrance B A E LEGEND Visitors Center/ Headquarters oa R ty un Co J ADA Fishing Access Boat Ramp d Camping 25 2 Ski West G Dam H To R ifl e, 7 M i
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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