The first Colorado Splash-In will be held Saturday, May 14, on Lake Meredith near Sugar City in southeastern Colorado. The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is expected to draw some 500 spectators.
The Seaplane Pilots Association has been working for years to gain access to Colorado waters. Colorado historically has been off-limits to seaplanes, so the splash-in promises to be an historic day, association officials note.
Planned activities include a submersion trainer for simulating water egress, hovercraft rides, hot air balloon rides, and boat/canoe rentals.
The lake will remain open to other forms of water recreation, including fishing, skiing, and swimming.
Vendors will be on hand to provide food, beverages, and local merchandise.
Lake Meredith coordinates are 38-12-40.74N/103-41-32.63W, but all pilots are requested to first land at KLHX, La Junta Municipal Airport, for a self-conducted invasive species inspection.
Those wishing to attend, please provide the following to the event organizer (see contact info below):
- Number of attendees in your group
- Arriving aircraft?
- Indicate your willingness to provide rides, and/or demonstrate water operations.
- Provide an indemnification letter or insurance company coverage letter naming the Lake Meredith Company as additional insured.
- If staying overnight:
- Lodging is extremely limited in the local area. Closest area with nationally recognized lodging (Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Econo Lodge, etc.) is La Junta, approximately 25 miles from the lake.
- Camping is available on first-come first-served basis.
For more information and to obtain a template for the indemnification letter, contact Ray Hawkins at 303-342-1537.