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Lake Pueblo opens ‘Kestrel Pond’ as a place to enjoy quiet water sports

Lake Pueblo opens ‘Kestrel Pond’ as a place to enjoy quiet water sports

PUEBLO, Colo. – Visitors to Lake Pueblo State Park this summer will find a new area they might want to explore: Kestrel Pond located along the Arkansas River off of Rock Canyon Road just below the dam. Kestrel Pond is envisioned as a quiet place for water recreation in contrast to the 5,400 surface acres […]

Boating, state park, and wildlife safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Boating, state park, and wildlife safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

  Life jackets save lives. The majority of water-related fatalities happen when people are swimming in cold water and paddle boarding or kayaking without a life jacket. DENVER—Coloradans and out-of-state visitors play an integral role in keeping Colorado state parks clean, respecting local wildlife, and making the outdoors safer to explore. Ahead of the holiday […]

Governor Polis signs SB24-171, reintroducing wolverines to Colorado

Governor Polis signs SB24-171, reintroducing wolverines to Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Governor Jared Polis joined staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Loveland Pass today to sign SB24-171, which gives CPW the authority to reintroduce the North American wolverine to Colorado. Thanks to bill sponsors Senator Perry Will, Senator Dylan Roberts, Representative Barbara McLachlan, and Representative Tisha Mauro, SB24-171 contains key assurances for Colorado industries by […]

CPW promoting safe boating tips in honor of "National Safe Boating Week" May 18-24, 2024

CPW promoting safe boating tips in honor of “National Safe Boating Week” May 18-24, 2024

  DENVER – In honor of National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24, 2024), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is promoting safe boating tips to educate outdoor enthusiasts on how to stay safe on Colorado waters while enjoying water sports like power boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing and more. CPW is also encouraging people to take part […]

DMV and CPW receive award for innovative work in supporting Colorado state parks

DMV and CPW receive award for innovative work in supporting Colorado state parks

DENVER – Tuesday, May 7, 2024 — On Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis announced the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) as the recipients of the 2024 Tom Clements Better Government Award for Outstanding Innovation in Government. The award recognizes both state agencies’ work to support Colorado state parks and […]

CPW announces new active fire alert feature to COTREX mobile app

CPW announces new active fire alert feature to COTREX mobile app

Where there’s smoke, there’s COTREX.  Before your next outdoor adventure, check COTREX for active wildfires around the state to stay safe. DENVER—Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is proud to announce a new feature on the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) mobile app that notifies outdoor recreationists about active fire alerts, including wildfires and prescribed burns in […]

CPW releases updated collared gray wolf activity map; launches depredation report webpage

CPW releases updated collared gray wolf activity map; launches depredation report webpage

DENVER—An updated map was published today on Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) website to continue informing the public, recreationists, and livestock producers on where collared wolves have been in the past month. CPW will update this map with new information monthly to reflect data for the past 30 days or so, produced on the fourth […]

Grand County livestock growers urge Polis, wildlife officials to 'lethally' manage wolves following attacks

Grand County livestock growers urge Polis, wildlife officials to ‘lethally’ manage wolves following attacks

  This week’s wolf attacks bring the number of calves and yearlings killed by wolves in the past 16 days to six, plus an injured calf   With news that wolves have killed four more yearling cows in Grand County in less than 72 hours, an association of ranchers is pleading with Gov. Jared Polis […]

Colorado to hire range riders to protect livestock in wake of wolf depredation in Grand County

Colorado to hire range riders to protect livestock in wake of wolf depredation in Grand County

A rancher who has lost livestock to wolves say it’s another tactic that doesn’t work. It’s spring, and for cattle ranchers, that means calving season. It’s also the time of year when those newborns are most susceptible to all kinds of dangers.  In Colorado — and for the past several years — that danger includes […]

West Boat Ramp to close for week as a dredge is removed from John Martin Reservoir State Park

West Boat Ramp to close for week as a dredge is removed from John Martin Reservoir State Park

  March 22, 2024   HASTY, Colo. – A dredge and barges that spent the winter performing maintenance at John Martin Reservoir State Park will be removed from the water beginning April 1, requiring a disruption in the public use of boat ramps at the park. The dredging company expects to need a full week […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet Mar. 13-14; Livestream Available

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet Mar. 13-14; Livestream Available

    DENVER – At a hybrid meeting in Denver, the Parks and Wildlife Commission will open for final consideration on modifications to the federal duck stamp requirements and the Harvest Information Program, the season dates for small game and migratory game birds, and regulations related to SB23-276, Chatfield State Park Water Quality Fee. The […]

Colorado 2024-2025 Fishing Licenses are now Available

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reminds anglers the 2024-2025 fishing season is officially here.   The 2024-2025 fishing license is valid from March 1, 2024, through March 31, 2025. Regulations and pricing for annual, daily, and multi-day fishing licenses are in the 2024 Colorado Fishing Brochure (Pesca en Colorado​ (En Español​​​​​​​). For individuals ages 18 through 64, an […]

CPW Seeks Public Feedback on Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

CPW Seeks Public Feedback on Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

DENVER – Every five years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) leads the development of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), to maintain eligibility for funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and to inform investments from other federal, state, local and private programs. Given the significance of outdoor recreation in Colorado, the SCORP  […]

Fishing is Fun Grants Available for Projects in Colorado

  The Fishing is Fun Grant Program funds projects that expand fishing access across the state. DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has announced the 2024 round of funding opportunities for the Fishing is Fun Grant Program. The goal of this program is to provide funding to projects that expand fishing access across the […]

CPW to Count Herd Numbers from Air in SE Colorado

CPW to Count Herd Numbers from Air in SE Colorado

  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Beginning Dec. 15, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists will assess deer and bighorn sheep populations on the southeastern plains of Colorado, east of Interstate 25, by conducting low-altitude helicopter flights. The CPW staff will conduct similar flights west of I-25, doing surveys and capture work in South Park, the Upper […]