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Ruedi Reservoir detects invasive mussels

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Mussels covering a propeller

On Wednesday, May 1st, the Ruedi Reservoir boat ramp opened along with motorized watercraft inspection and decontamination for aquatic nuisance species such as the quagga and zebra mussels. On the second day of the season, two boats were found to be infested with mussels as opposed to only three boats for the entirety of the 2023 season.

Most of the infected boats are coming from Lake Powell, which is ridden with quagga mussels. Due to the increasing threat they pose, Reudi Reservoir has a mandatory inspection and decontamination protocol in place for entry and departure in compliance with state regulations. The inspection station is operated by CPW from daylight to dark through October.

The ramp is closed to all boat traffic when inspectors are not on site. The Reudi Reservoir encourages outdoor recreators of all kinds to follow the clean, dry, and drain protocol to prevent the spread of aquatic pests when entering and leaving any body of water. More information about Reudi Reservoir can be found by contacting

Lily Jones is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a concentration in Broadcasting and Digital Journalism. At WMSV, MSU's college radio station, Jones served as the Public Affairs and Social Media Coordinator. In her spare time Lily likes to go to the gym and watercolor.