SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
LAKE LEVEL IS DROPPING.
MCDONALD FLATS BOAT RAMP WILL BE OPEN THROUGH THIS WEEKEND
AFTER THAT YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO LAUNCH AT HEENEY MARINA, SINCE MCDONALD FLATS LAUNCH COULD CLOSE IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.
CAMPGROUNDS ARE OPEN
BUT WILL START TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK.
ALL BUT MCDONALD FLATS WILL CLOSE BY END OF SEPTEMBER.
MCDONALD FLATS WILL STAY OPEN INTO OCTOBER,
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.
CATARACT LAKE TRAIL IS BEAUTIFUL
NO CONFIRMED REPORTS OF SALMON BEING SNAGGED BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE AT THE INLET TRYING.
REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR LAKER LIMIT - DOW WANTS THE LAKER POPULATIONS REDUCED
FOR RECENT UPDATES BY AREA FISHERMEN
US FOREST SERVICE SEASON PASSES FOR CAMPING AND COLORADO FISHING LICENSES
ARE AVAILABLE AT THE STORE IN MAY-OCTOBER
we can no longer accept credit cards for passes and licenses, sorry for the inconvenience.
WEATHER TIP: BE SURE TO CHECK FOR KREMMLING WEATHER, ZIP CODE 80459.
WE ARE MUCH MORE SIMILAR TO KREMMLING WEATHER THAN SILVERTHORNE
DUE TO OUR LOWER ELEVATION.
HEY LAKE TROUT AND SALMON FISHERMEN!
DOW INCREASED THE LIMIT TO 8 LAKE TROUT , IN ADDITION TO 4 OTHER TROUT . DOW HAS DONE THIS TO HELP REDUCE THE LAKER NUMBERS and TO HELP INCREASE THE SALMON NUMBERS, SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR LAKE TROUT AND DO NOT THROW THEM BACK -
EAT THE LAKE TROUT SO THEY DON'T EAT ALL THE SALMON
RETURN HERE OR CALL FOR UPDATES.
970-468-8497 MELODY LODGE CABINS
970-724-9441 HEENEY MARINA
970-724-3677 MASTER BAIT & TACKLE
*******Important information for Boaters:*******
If you are planning to launch your boat this season, please be aware that you will need to have it inspected
TO HELP PREVENT POSSIBLE
ZEBRA or QUAGGA MUSSEL INVASION,
LAUNCHING BOATS IS ONLY ALLOWED AT THE HEENEY MARINA AND MCDONALD FLATS (WHEN OPEN).
ALL OTHER LAUNCH SITES ARE CLOSED.
ALL VEHICLES 30' OR LONGER PULLING TRAILERS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE MARINA (THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM). YOU WILL HAVE TO LAUNCH AT MCDONALD FLATS. ALL OTHERS - YOU CAN GET YOUR BOAT INSPECTED AT THE MARINA AND LAUNCH FROM THERE.
REQUIRED "ANS" INSPECTIONS
To protect the reservoir, all watercraft entering the water must go through Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection. The inspection is FREE and will require a few minutes to perform. Inspections are available at the Heeney Marina or at Melody Lodge Cabins.
To speed the process, be sure your boat is clean, dry and drained.
If watercraft is contaminated with ANS, Heeney Marina is an authorized Decontamination Center and can povide the necessary cleaning service for a fee.
In the meantime, if you have questions about boat launching,
call the Forest Service office 970-468-5400, the Heeney Marina 970-724-9441 or Melody Lodge Cabins 970-468-8497.
Last tested, the Green Mountain Reservoir was free of zebra mussel but, due to increased invasion in other Colorado lakes, the DOW recently designated Green Mountain Reservoir as a "high risk" lake.
Due to this concern, to prevent the spread of the zebra mussel, inspections will be required before launching in the reservoir.
The Heeney Marina will open late May and the owner is certified to inspect your boat.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation to help to preserve the boating and fishing on Colorado's waters and especially help us to protect this lake from the invasive mussels.
Be sure to do your part and keep your boat and motor dry and clean. Thank you.
The Green Mountain Reservoir is a storage reservoir and the level fluctuates up to about 40 ft. from spring to fall. In the winter the reservoir is drawn way down to allow for spring snow runoff. When it starts filling in early spring, it will fill fairly quickly (often 6' a day) and historically is full by end of June, depending on winter snowpack. The level will usually begin to recede about mid-August. The levels are dependent on water usage on the Front Range because the Green Mountain Reservoir is used to replace that water that should flow down the Colorado River but is pumped to the Front Range from Lake Granby and Dillon Reservoir. As some of the pictures on this site show, even when the reservoir is not "full", there is always plenty of water to recreate.
For more summer and fall information call Melody Lodge Cabins at 970-468-8497 or the Forest Service at 970-468-5400 for winter conditions.
This website is not a US Forest Service website. This website is owned and maintained by Melody Lodge Cabins.