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Colorado’s boating season already underway in parts of state as of March 1

Colorado Parks and Wildlife opened each of Chatfield and Cherry Creek reservoirs, as well as Highline Lake State Park on the Utah border to boating on March 1.

Before launching a craft, however, CPW advises all boaters to be sure that their vessel is registered and all of the required safety gear is on board. Park personnel are also able to provide a boat inspection between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through the month of March if needed.

"It is critical that the necessary number of life jackets are on board and all required safety equipment is in good working order," Highline Lake State Park manager Alan Martinez said in a news release. "A good inspection of all gear is one of the most important things you can do to stay legal and prevent a tragedy."

At Chatfield or Cherry Creek, to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, all vessels must submit to an inspection except those hand launched or exempt in regulation. Boats launched outside of posted inspection times will require a pre-inspection seal, with receipt attached before launch. That may be obtained during normal inspection hours.

CPW also wishes to inform anglers that fishing licenses go on sale March 15 and are valid until March 31 of 2018.

For more information, visit the CPW website.

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