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Lake Pueblo a Top 100 spot

Boats are lined up along the beach near the south marina at Lake Pueblo State Park Saturday May 17, 2014 during the end of the day weigh-ins at the Colorado/New Mexico State High School Fishing Championships in Pueblo, Colo. (Bryan Kelsen, The Pueblo Chieftain)
Boats are lined up along the beach near the south marina at Lake Pueblo State Park Saturday May 17, 2014 during the end of the day weigh-ins at the Colorado/New Mexico State High School Fishing Championships in Pueblo, Colo. (Bryan Kelsen, The Pueblo Chieftain)

One of the best places in the country to boat and fish sits right in Pueblo’s backyard.

Lake Pueblo State Park was recognized by Take Me Fishing as one of the Top 100 family friendly places to boat and fish in the U.S.

“We’re very excited and pleased about being named to the list,” Monique Mullis, parks manager at Lake Pueblo State Park, said. “In some sense, it’s something we’ve known all along so it’s nice to get credit. We know this is a great spot for families to fish and boat, and it helps highlight the efforts of our staff, who work so hard.”

The list, which was released in May, was Take Me Fishing’s first Top 100 list.

Chatfield State Park was the only other Colorado destination that made the list.

“Colorado Parks and Wildlife could not be prouder of being recognized in the Top 100 family friendly places to boat and fish in the U.S.,” Matt Robbins, statewide spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a statement. “The opportunity to share time on or near the water creates memories for a lifetime.”

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign initiated a nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family friendly places to boat and fish.

Criteria for the list included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and good fishing opportunities.

“We enlisted the help of state fish and wildlife agencies to identify popular locations, and asked fishing and boating enthusiasts who belong to our communities to vote on their favorite spots that are easily accessible and where the fish are known to bite most often,” Frank Peterson, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

Mullis said the timing of the announcement came at just the right time as summer is just beginning and Lake Pueblo State Park is offering a free fishing weekend next Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a really positive way to start our season,” Mullis said. “Next weekend during the free fishing event a fishing license is not required for adults, so it’s a great chance for parents to take kids out and enjoy.”

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