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Navajo Park remains open for boating, fishing, camping

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Even though the water level is below normal at Navajo State Park, there’s plenty of water for boating and other water-recreation activities.

“We have thousands of acres of water available for boating and the campground is open,” said Doug Secrist, park manager.

The boat ramp is in the water and small and medium-sized motorboats can be launched. There is not enough water, however, to launch large houseboats and sailboats.

There are many locations for good water skiing on the Colorado side of the park. For anglers, fishing is good for crappie, smallmouth bass and northern pike.

The low water level also provides a new opportunity for paddlers to try out their sea kayaks and canoes. Some historic sites that have been covered by water can now be explored. Sights include the old town of Arboles, the old railroad grade and several old homesteads. The exposed shoreline also offers new places for shoreline hiking and running. Paddlers should watch the weather because strong winds often come up around noon.

The Piedra River inlet on the north side of the park contains significant wetland areas and is ideal for bird watching and hiking and running along the old railroad grade.

The park offers more than 100 camp sites, many with full hookups, and three cabins are available for rent.

To reserve a camp spot or a cabin, call (800) 678-2267, or go to the reservation section of the Colorado Parks and Reservation website, http://coloradostateparks.reserveamerica.com.

For more information about facilities and activities at Navajo State Park call 883-2208

For more information about camping, boating or fishing anywhere in Colorado, go to: cpw.state.co.us.

This story was posted on June 27, 2013.