Season launch ramps closed in Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap State Parks

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced the closure of boat ramps at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap State Parks for the season. The closure is due to falling water levels, forcing CPW managers to close the ramps a month earlier.

“We were hoping the ramps would work until the end of October of this year, but the dry conditions made that impossible,” said Brian Palcer, park manager for the Rifle State Park Complex. “To put it in perspective, in 2020 the Rifle Gap reservoir was 14 feet higher than it is now. The Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap reservoirs are primarily used for irrigation and it is typical for water levels to drop significantly. However, we are still feeling the effects of the unusually dry weather of last year and the reservoirs never filled up this spring.

The boat launching ramps will close on Thursday, September 30 instead of their usual closing date on Sunday, October 31.

CPW wants residents to know that even if the boat launches are closed, they can still visit these state parks. Although towed boats are not permitted, paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks are always welcome on the water. CPW also recommends inshore fishing for visitors due to the low water levels.

“Our campgrounds at Rifle Gap remain open and it’s a great time of year to see the leaves start to change color,” said Palcer. “Plus, the big game hunting season is underway and Rifle Gap is a great place to camp and rest between hunts.”

You can find more information on state parks by visiting these links: Rifle Gap State Park and Harvey Gap State Park.

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