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As the project was beginning in early March, officials worried that an extended closure would be inconvenient for boaters in the Grand Valley but COVID restrictions limited the number of people that were using the river for the past few months.
“The timing of the project turned out to be perfect,” said JT Romatzke, regional manager for CPW’s northwest region. “And the construction project has benefited the local economy at a time when many other projects were shutting down.”
It isn’t just boaters that are benefiting from the project. The project also included adding a cement surface to a loop trail along the river west of the boat ramp. This will create more accessibility for all park users to the trail along Red Rocks Lake in the southeast portion of the park.
Senior Ranger Eric Los is happy with the completed project. “This work is a big step forward for park users and we appreciate everyone’s patience during the construction.”
James M Robb Colorado River State Park has five sections spanning the Grand Valley from Fruita to Debeque Canyon. The park includes Island Acres, Corn Lake, Connected Lakes, a wildlife area at East and West Lakes, and the Fruita section. The park was formed by joining together the five sections in what original organizers called “a string of pearls” in the Grand Valley. The park is named for James (“Jim”) Robb, a former Grand Junction attorney who served in the state legislature and was chair of the state parks board as well as a founding member of the Grand Junction Riverfront Commission. Robb passed away in 2005 at the age of 69.
As a reminder, all visitors to the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park are required to have a Colorado State Parks pass. Pass funds are used to maintain trails, boat ramps, and facilities in state parks.
As OUR COUNTRY SLOWLY STARTS to REOPEN AGAIN (from the COVID-19 pandemic) and continue to enjoy outdoor activities, ALL outdoorsmen (man, woman, child) should follow the guidelines set by nps.gov. These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
Colorado Opens New Fruita Boat Ramps
Submitted by: TBC Press
Posted on: 05/22/20
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce that the project to build two new boat ramps at the Fruita section of the James M Robb Colorado River State Park has been completed in just eight weeks, finishing up in time for the rafting season, peak Colorado River catfish season, and the final two weeks of the spring turkey season.
The new ramps replace the single, aging ramp that was at a difficult angle for power boaters to launch and load. The ramp was also crowded during peak fall periods when rafters, anglers, and waterfowl hunters were using the ramp to access the Colorado River downstream of Fruita.
James M. Robb Colorado River State Park Manager Pete Firmin says the project gives power boaters and rafters two separate access ramps.