HEENEY MARINA BOAT LAUNCH OPEN 7-7 EVERY DAY
MCDONALD FLATS BOAT LAUNCH OPEN 7-7 FRI-SUN
REMEMBER, ALL MOTORIZED BOATS NEED TO BE INSPECTED BEFORE LAUNCHING.
INSPECTIONS ARE NO COST TO BOATERS.
The CPW increased the limits for lake trout to 8 several years ago to help protect the quality of our lake trout populations and to the improve the kokanee salmon population.
The good news is that the increased limits have helped to increase the overall sizes and weights of the lake trout, so please continue to keep your SMALLER lake trout. Because those very large lakers took many years to grow that big, please return them to the water (or just keep one or two if you must).Thank you.
The not so good news is that the gill lice have threatened the kokanee and the rainbow populations and at this time the CPW has decided to take a "time out" from stocking the reservoir of any fish. They will be attempting to reduce the salmon and the rainbow populations as much as possible to reduce the gill lice in the lake. SO... please keep your limits of rainbows and salmon - HELP GET THEM OUT OF THE LAKE.
We continue to have very healthy laker and brown trout populations - neither of which are susceptible to gill lice.
IN ADDITION, what we have suspected for the last few years and is now a reality, the reservoir has a population of pike in it. The pike were apparently illegally introduced around 2012 by a civilian "bucket biologist". IF this population continues to grow, the risk of pike getting into the Blue River and then the Colorado River, could have very serious, long lasting, negative effects on fishing on Green Mountain Reservoir.
the CPW is offering a $20 bounty for every pike brought to the Heeney Marina.
plan to go fishing for PIKE!! Have fun and make some money.
US FOREST SERVICE SEASON PASSES FOR CAMPING AND COLORADO FISHING LICENSES
ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MELODY LODGE CABINS STORE MAY-SEPTEMBER
we can no longer accept credit cards (debit cards are accepted) 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.
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 BIG GREEN OR 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.