Grounded in the Rockies

Why Colorado remains only state with a ban on seaplanes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — In a state known for its love of outdoor recreation, there is one thing you’ve probably never seen in a Colorado lake: a seaplane.

The Centennial State remains the only one in the country with a ban on seaplanes in state-controlled waters.

The ban was instituted years ago, over concerns that Colorado rivers and lakes were becoming overcrowded and that more needed to be done to protect them from invasive species.

However, local pilots say it’s time for a change.

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