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Maureen Underhill, a boat inspector at Elkhead State Park, stands on the beach at the water’s edge. This summer, 3,500 boats were in inspected by Underhill and her colleagues. Only 13 boats were in need of decontamination.

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Statistics indicate visitations increasing at Elkhead State Park

Aside from two boat inspectors on duty, Elkhead State Park was nearly empty Thursday afternoon. The inspectors had good ideas as to why. “It’s too windy for boats today,” inspector Maureen Underhill said of the strong autumn winds that pushed through the Yampa Valley. “September (attendance) always drops off because of school and hunting,” inspector Stacy Kapferer added.


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