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scent, so they do not attract predators.
To learn more about Colorado¡¯s aquatic re-
sources and fishing spots, got to the CPW
web site at: and click on the
¡°Things to do¡± tab.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily
on license sales, state parks fees and registra-
tion fees to support its operations, including:
41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife
areas covering approximately 900,000 acres,
management of fishing and hunting, wildlife
watching, camping, motorized and non-mo-
torized trails, boating and outdoor education.
CPW¡¯s work contributes approximately $6 bil-
lion in total economic impact annually through-
out Colorado.
running clear and fish will be rising
to dry flies. For those who like to
hike, many high mountain lakes are
free of ice.
Anglers are reminded that fire re-
strictions are in place throughout
southwest Colorado, so campfires
are prohibited outside of developed
campgrounds. Also be careful with
cook stoves, barbecue grills, and
stub out cigarettes and dispose of
the butts in containers. Don¡¯t throw
butts out the windows of cars or drop
them the ground.
This is also the time of year when
deer fawns and elk calves are being
born. If you see a young animal lying
by itself do not approach it our touch
it. The animal hasn¡¯t been aban-
doned; its mother has just moved off
to forage. Young animals carry no
Nature & Wildlife
2018 June/July
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Above left: David Goff, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife
river ranger at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation
Area in Salida, displays automated external defibrillators
prior to deploying them along the Arkansas River.
CPW provides plenty of spots
in SW Colorado for fishing
DURANGO, CO: For those who live in southwest
Colorado, there are literally hundreds of places to
drop a worm, cast a spinner or launch a fly.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gives everyone a
chance to get out on lakes, reservoirs and rivers
to renew their love for the sport.
¡°Your fishin¡¯ is our mission,¡± said John Alves,
senior aquatic biologist for CPWs Southwest
Region. ¡°Due to the warm weather we¡¯ve stocked
a lot of fish earlier than usual this year, and
we¡¯re hearing reports that fishing has been really
And after you¡¯ve fished for a few hours, most
locations offer great places for a hike, bird
watching and picnicking. Take along a pair of
binoculars; there are always a lot of birds and
waterfowl near rivers and reservoirs.
Here are some family-friendly locations through-
out the Southwest Region where you can fish
from the bank for trout and warm-water species
such as crappie. Waters throughout the region
have been stocked:
In the Gunnison area:
*** Spring Creek Reservoir, located on Forest
Service Road 744 in the Gunnison-Uncompahgre
National Forest about 30 miles north of Gunni-
*** Taylor Park Reservoir, located on Forest
Service Road 742, in the Gunnison-Uncompahgre
National Forest about 25 miles north of Gunni-
*** Blue Mesa Reservoir: located on U.S. High-
way 50 between Montrose and Gunnison.
In the San Luis Valley:
*** Big Meadows Reservoir, located just west of
U.S. Highway 160 on U.S. Forest Service Road
410 in the Rio Grande National Forest, about five
miles east of Wolf Creek Pass.
*** Beaver Creek Reservoir: located About 10
miles south of the town of South Fork in the Rio
Grande National Forest on U.S. Forest Service
Road 360.
*** Road Canyon Reservoir: located about 20
miles west of Creede, along U.S. Forest Road 620
in the Rio Grande National Forest.
In the Montrose-Delta Area:
*** Grand Mesa: dozens of lakes and reservoirs
are located on the mesa located in the Gunnison-
Uncompahgre National Forest just north of Delta.
*** Crawford State Park: Located just south of
the town of Crawford on Colorado Highway 92.
*** Miramonte Reservoir: Located south of the
town of Norwood on San Miguel County Road
*** Ridgway State Park: Located on U.S. High-
way 550 about 25 miles south of Montrose.
In the Durango-Pagosa Springs area:
*** Haviland Lake State Wildlife Area: Located
about 20 miles north of Durango along U.S.
Highway 550 in the San Juan National Forest.
*** Mancos State Park: Located about five miles
north of Mancos on the West Mancos Road.
*** Echo Canyon State Wildlife Area: Located
about 10 miles south of Pagosa Spring just off
U.S. Highway 84.
*** Vallecito Reservoir: Located about 20 miles
east of Durango on La Plata County Road 501.
For anglers who prefer fly fishing, most mountain
streams in the southwest corner of the state are
¡°Your Fishin¡¯ Is Our Mission¡±
Below left: Automated external defibrillators were loaded on a cataraft and deployed by Colorado Parks and
Wildlife river rangers from the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area in Salida. They were placed in strategic
points along the Arkansas River to offer emergency care.
Below right: Colorado Parks and Wildlife river rangers David Goff, left, and Jeff Hammond prepare automated
external defibrillators for deployment along the Arkansas River within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
from Leadville to Canon City.
All photos Courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife
AHRA partners in project to add heart
defib equipment along Arkansas River
May 29, 2018, SALIDA, CO: To ensure all
whitewater boaters have the best available
emergency care equipment available to them
this summer, the Arkansas Headwaters Rec-
reation Area (AHRA) is partnering in a project
to provide life-saving heart defibrillator equip-
ment at strategic points along the Arkansas
Working with Arkansas River Outfitters
Association (AROA), AHRA rangers installed
eight automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
within the recreation area between Leadville
and Caon City.
Four were placed upstream in the Browns
Canyon area and four downstream, above and
within the Royal Gorge.
Those areas experience the highest recreation
use due to their spectacular rapids and scen-
AEDs are life-saving medical devices used
when a person suffers sudden cardiac arrest.
AEDs Along The River
AEDs deliver an electrical shock to re-establish a
heart¡¯s rhythm.
¡°AEDs are becoming common in airports, govern-
ment buildings, shopping malls and other places
people gather,¡± said Rob White, park manager of
Colorado Parks and Wildlife¡¯s AHRA.
¡°With more than 225,000 people visiting each
summer to raft, kayak and fish the Arkansas, we
support AROA¡¯s efforts and are thrilled to be able
to offer AEDs along the river.
¡°Anything we can do to increase visitor safety on
the river has our agency¡¯s utmost support.¡±
The AEDs are encased in waterproof boxes and
were placed alongside backboards the AHRA al-
ready has positioned along the river.
AHRA river rangers routinely check and main-
tain the backboards. Now their duties will include
maintenance checks for the AEDs.
The AEDs are being rented by AROA, which is
paying $1,200 apiece to deploy the devices during
the peak rafting season, from May 25 to Sept.3.
AHRA river rangers have routinely carried an AED
on their kayaks and rafts when they patrolled the
river, but this is the first time they¡¯ve been placed
along the river for rangers, commercial guides and
private boaters to use.
Last year, close to 50 different commercial out-
fitters in the AHRA guided more than 225,000
guests down the Arkansas River through rapids
found within Pine Creek, the Numbers, Browns
Canyon National Monument, Bighorn Sheep Can-
yon and the Royal Gorge.
The AHRA is recognized as one of the nation¡¯s
most popular river-based recreation areas and the
Arkansas is one of the most commercially rafted
rivers in the U.S.
It also boasts a world class fishery featuring 102
miles of ¡°gold medal water,¡± featuring both brown
and rainbow trout.
The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort
between the Bureau of Land Management, the
U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wild-
life. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 41 state
parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of
Colorado¡¯s wildlife and a variety of outdoor recre-
ation. For more information go to: