Boating, Fishing & Recreation

Please review this information as you plan your visit to Electra Lake.

 

Recreation Season

The season runs annually from the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through October 31. The gatehouse opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. — or as posted.

  • All visitors must purchase fishing or recreational day passes at the Electra gatehouse. All passes are one time in/out on date issued. A handout will be provided at check –in showing parking areas, hiking trails, restroom facilities, etc.
  • Boat and fishing passes are limited. Persons planning to arrive after mid-morning on opening day, weekend, or holidays, are advised to call first.

 

Invasive Species Mitigation (Quagga & Zebra Mussels, Etc.):

In order to prevent the infestation of Electra Lake and downstream watersheds from damaging invasive species, complying with an inspection and Electra specific preventative wash-down prior to passing the Electra Lake entry gate is required.

Invasive species of particular concern are: zebra mussels, quagga mussels, Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil, rusty crayfish, spiny and fishhook waterflea, Asian clam, purple loosestrife, saltcedar, and others.  These invasive species have a devastating impact on the habitat, the fishery, the power generation infrastructure, and on recreation.  For more details, please visit www.100thmeridian.org.

Anyone bringing fishing gear, boats, paddle boards, rafts, or personal equipment to the lake:

  1. All watercraft, tubes, fishing gear, and other personal equipment must be inspected and undergo an Electra specific preventative wash-down.
  2. The inspection and preventative wash-down process takes time – please be patient.
  3. Only watercraft or personal equipment with Electra Lake specific reentry tags shall be allowed reentry without preventative wash-down, though still subject to inspection.
  4. These rules apply to all individuals including the public, members, and member guests.
  5. Additional fees for inspection and preventative wash-down apply (credit cards accepted).
  6. All entrants must sign a waiver. 
  7. Any owner of watercraft or personal equipment, or any individual who is not willing to sign the waiver, pay the fees for entry, or pay the applicable inspection and preventative wash-down fees will be turned away.
  8. PSCo and ESC require a higher level of protection against contamination than programs implemented at most Colorado reservoirs.  Banding/ from other lakes is not accepted.
  9. Watercraft, tubes, fishing gear, or personal equipment will be denied entry if:
    1. It has standing water, a full live well, or a wet ballast
    2. Is dirty in any way or has an algae film or residue
    3. Has been in contaminated waters
    4. Some watercraft can’t be easily inspected or washed down effectively, and are therefore prohibited.  Many inflatable rafts, inflatable kayaks, catarafts, belly tubes, inflatable drift boats, “duckys”, and similar watercraft will be prohibited including AIRE, Tributary, Tomcat, Star, Avon, NRS, Hyside, Sotar, Saturn, DRE, RMR, Jacks Plastic Welding and many others.
    5. Some equipment including fishing gear will be immersed in high temperature or chemical dunk tanks.
Remember to stop at the gate on exit to have your watercraft and equipment inspected and tagged to make reentry easier, and to minimize future wash-down fees.

 

Entry Fees

  • Current Fees for the 2018 Season (Credit Cards, Checks, Cash Accepted):
    • Motor boat: $21.00
    • Floats: $6.00 (Any non-mechanised watercraft including canoes, kayaks, SUPs, etc.)
    • Fishing: $16.00 (Kids 12 and under are free.)
    • Day Use: $5.00


Washdown/Invasive Species Mitigation Fees

  • Current Fees for the 2018 Season (Credit Cards, Checks, Cash Accepted):
    • Complex Water Craft with gasoline or diesel engines: $16.00
    • Other Complex Water Craft: $11.00
    • Simple Water Craft: $9.00 (Canoes, Kayaks, Crafts with a Cockpit)
    • Other Simple Water Craft: $6.00 (Boards and Tubes, Toys, Crafts with no Cockpit)
    • Special Cases: $21.00 (Where Excessive Washdown Time is Required)
Remember to stop at the gate on exit to have your watercraft and equipment inspected and tagged to make reentry easier, and to minimize future wash-down fees.

 

General Rules

  • All entrants must sign a waiver. Visitors are responsible for their own personal safety and agree to absolve Electra Sporting club and Public Service Company of any and all liability relating to injury while visiting Electra Lake
  • All watercraft, tubes, fishing gear, and other personal equipment must be inspected and undergo an Electra specific preventative wash-down.
  • Electra Staff may refuse entry of any visitor, water conveyance, or pet
  • Maximum speed limit on all roads and drives is 15 MPH or 10 MPH — as posted.
  • Please respect private property – private driveways are not to be accessed
  • Launch all water conveyances at the boat ramp only
  • Be off the water by 6:30 p.m. or earlier – before dark
  • Stop at the gatehouse and check out when leaving the premises no later than 6:55 p.m. — or as posted
  • Recreational use of drones — as a toy or tool — is not permitted anywhere on/above Electra grounds.
  • No littering; please use trash receptacles; be "Bear Conscious"
  • No smoking in public fishing areas, except where signs permit; smoke in vehicle or in designated area next to fish cleaning station
  • No fires, loud noises, firearms or fireworks
  • No overnight camping or leaving boats on property
  • We love all animals, but please keep your pets on a leash

 

Boating Rules:

  • All watercraft, tubes, fishing gear, and other personal equipment must be inspected and undergo an Electra specific preventative wash-down.
  • One approved personal flotation device (PFD) per person on all boats, canoes,  kayaks, and paddleboards
  • Launch all water conveyances at boat ramp only – be off water no later than 6:30 p.m. – before dark
  • Size Limits:
    • Outboards: 18 feet, 150 HP
    • Inboards: 18 feet, 200 HP
  • Waterskiing:
    • Allowed in designated area only
    • Counterclockwise direction only – do not spray other boats/docks
    • No raised canopies while towing
    • All skiers must wear a PFD and all boats must have an observer with flag
    • Ski boats must give way to other boats and avoid trolling lines by 300 feet
    • Only 4 skiing or towing boats on the lake at one time
  • No houseboats, wake boats, or jet skis
  • All parties must have a cell phone that is registered with the Electra gatehouse
  • All boaters/paddlers must comply with Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations, including but not limited to the following:
    • All children under the age of 12 must wear PFDs (life preservers) at all times. All others must have PFDs immediately available
    • All boats should have a fire extinguisher on board
  • All boaters/paddlers must comply with Electra Sporting Club Rules
  • Watch for rocks and stumps and avoid all buoys by 50 feet
  • Refrain from making waves near docks and boat houses

 

Fishing Rules:

  • All watercraft, tubes, fishing gear, and other personal equipment must be inspected and undergo an Electra specific preventative wash-down.
  • Flies and artificial lures only
  • Fish only in posted public fishing areas or boats
  • No fishing within 500 feet of the dam
  • Possession limit posted at gatehouse is strictly enforced. Fish catch and release numbers are to be reported at the gatehouse when leaving
  • Unlimited catch and release, no bait or barbed hooks
  • Any fish that is injured must be kept
  • No live bait or chumming
  • One rod per person, NO DOWNRIGGERS
  • No metal attractors with more than one blade
  • Use of treble hooks is discouraged
  • Do not clean fish in the lake; use the fish cleaning station.  If fish cleaning station is not operating, fish must be cleaned at home
  • Sometimes the fish cleaning station is crowded – please stop fishing and proceed to the cleaning station by 6:30 p.m.
  • PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO YOUR NEIGHBORS