“Creating a connection through shared outdoor experiences, provides a unique bond for friends and families to remember for years to come” said CPW Director Broscheid.
What better way to do so than to get outdoors with Dad.
Colorado offers a variety of waters for any type of preferred boating. Canoe, kayak, motorboat, paddleboard or raft, spending time with Dad can be an adventure.
It’s a popular choice on any weekend and there is the potential to have packed boats ramps during the holiday weekend. High water in some reservoirs around the state means recreationists must take extra precautions and ‘know before you go.’ Read boating and safety regulations before you hit the water at: http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Boating/BoatingRegulations.pdf.
Watch out for other motorists and boaters when navigating boat ramps to keep your Father’s Day pleasant and enjoyable.
Brian Sandy, an investigator with CPW’s Boat Safety Program offers some advice.
“One of the most common mistakes boaters make this time of year is to detach the boat from the trailer before heading down steep boat ramps” said Sandy. “We recommended keeping the boat tied to the trailer until the boat hits the water, then unstrap the boat from the trailer, this is so that your boat will not off of the trailer.”
Make safety the highest priority and wear a personal flotation device when boating. According to the Accident Data Center, 84 percent of boaters who didn’t wear personal floatation devices (PFDs) were involved in fatal boating accidents in 2013.
The best Father’s Day is a safe one so prevent damage to the boat, keep the boat ramps clear to maintains a steady pace of traffic and wear a PFD.
CPW encourages families to get out and take advantage of the opportunity to experience fishing Colorado’s more than 2,500 lakes and reservoirs, many within beautiful State Parks, and 10,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers including 300 miles of Gold Medal streams and approximately 3,200 acres of Gold Medal lakes.
“Fishing is easy to learn and fun to enjoy,” said CPW’s Anger Education Coordinator, Howard Horton. “It offers a way to enjoy time outside and develop a hobby.”
CPW has multiple web resources such as the fishing report, fishing atlas, stocking report and call center (303) 297-1192, where outdoor recreation questions are answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Safe fishing means handling equipment with care and being aware of your surroundings, especially high water caused by recent rain and snowmelt.
Learn more at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx.
Small game hunting is an outdoor experience that offers quiet time, fresh air and scenic views to share with Dad during the holiday weekend. A small game license with a hunters safety card is all you need. The small game season is in full swing and with a multitude of different game to target this can be a great opportunity to see wildlife of all kinds.
Find out how to get started small game hunting here. Read the 2014 Small Game Brochure or contact the CPW Communication Center at (303) 297-1192 for more information. Read the 2014 Colorado State Recreation Lands for where to go.
“If you are interested in the idea of going hunting with dad but you don't know where to start,” said Todd Schmidt, CPW’s hunter education coordinator. “Sign up for one of the many hunter education courses throughout the state and prepare yourself for any future hunting endeavors.”
Find a Hunter’s Education class close to at: http://www.register-ed.com/programs/colorado.
Don’t forget, the application deadline for fall turkey is July 9, leftover big game license day is July 21. Learn more about various hunting seasons and get additional resources at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/hunt.aspx.
Visiting a Park
Another opportunity for Father’s Day includes visiting a Colorado State Park. The 42 state parks offers unique activities as well as recreational trails to explore.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend time with Dad than at a State Park,” said Dan Weber, CPW Golden Gate State Park Manager. “We have something for every activity level from walking the trail, horseback riding, climbing, biking and picnicking.”
Weber reminds visitors to be prepared bring sunscreen, water, first aid kit and rain gear so you can be ready for anything the day brings. Being prepared means you are less susceptible to the unpredictable Colorado elements so that you can enjoy your day out on the trail, adds Weber.
Park Finder can help find a park near you. View maps of nearby Colorado trails visit at the CPW website at http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Pages/Trails.aspx.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.