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Boating opens May 1 at Antero Reservoir with special guidelines

Antero Reservoir opens for boating Friday, May 1, and recreation managers are asking boaters to show patience and practice social distancing, especially when participating in boat inspections conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.

Antero Reservoir, near Fairplay, is a popular spot for fishing and boating, and officials expect an increase in boaters and anglers at the facility this summer because of COVID-19.

“We know that a lot of folks are even more eager than usual to get on the water, especially as we’ve all been cooped up in an effort to prevent spread of the coronavirus,” said Brandon Ransom, Denver Water recreation manager. “But we need to continue to behave safely and respect others through social distancing and use of masks when near others to limit the risk of spreading.”

Denver Water joins Colorado Parks and Wildlife in stressing the need to respect boat inspectors and other workers, keep a safe distance and follow their instructions as they conduct inspections to prevent the spread of exotic aquatic species. Visit this page for more information from CPW. New social distancing guidelines could add more time to the process if boaters are not following proper direction and protocols.

Boaters should expect lines and understand there is likely to be heavy visitation to Antero Reservoir this season. “Patience, patience, patience,” Ransom said. “We want people to enjoy the reservoir — and to do so safely.”


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