After being closed to the public for the past two years because of dam repairs, Electra Lake is reopening to limited public access until Oct. 31.
“We’re going to be very careful about not introducing invasive species like zebra mussels,” said David Fountain, chairman of the Electra Sporting Club board of directors. “We only have one staff member who is currently trained and certified by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to do inspections, so until further notice, watercraft will only be allowed entrance on weekends.”
The club plans to expand the number of days the public can launch boats as more staff members are trained, he said.
Boats on trailers must have a tamper-proof band of inspection from Parks and Wildlife before they can enter Electra. Inspection stations are located at Vallecito, McPhee and the northern end of Navajo reservoirs.
When a boat on a trailer leaves Electra, it will be inspected and an inspection seal banded to the trailer so it will be allowed to enter the next time without having to visit an inspection station.
Canoes, kayaks and other nonmotorized watercraft must be clean and dry to enter.
“They won’t be allowed in if they’re wet, even from rain or if, for any other reason, our staff is not able to assure that they pose no risk,” Fountain said.
But it’s great the lake is ready to be opened again, he said, after two years of being drained down for the repairs.
“And the fishing’s great,” Fountain said.