Our state is the only state to ban seaplanes. Help us lift the band and change legislation.

Our state is the only state to ban seaplanes. Help us lift the band and change legislation.

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Seaplane Pilots Association

The Seaplane Pilots Association’s primary focus is to promote safe seaplane operations and to protect our privilege to share our nation’s waterways with our recreational, governmental and commercial operators.


Colorado Pilots Association

Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization of over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flying safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.


Lifting the Ban on Seaplanes

Advocacy Fund Colorado Seaplane Initiative. Working to help lift the band in Colorado and bring the adventure to our waters. Your donations will help us in our efforts to fight legislation.

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Colorado is the only State to ban seaplanes on public waters. There is an effort to change this in Colorado. Local privately owned waters hosted two Splash-In's this year in order to help the Legalize Seaplanes in Colorado initiative to promote the safety, fun, and economic benefit of seaplanes in Colorado.

2017 Rangely Splash-In Promo

The Colorado Seaplane Initiative is working to introduce Colorado public waters to seaplane operations. Please join us July 15th 2017 at Kenney Res. in Rangely Colorado for the second 2017 Splash-in. Footage is this promo was taken during the 2017 Splash-in at Lake Meredith.

Vision Statement

Use imagination and creativity to secure and protect the Colorado water-flying community’s fair and equal access to public waterways.

Mission Statement

Colorado Seaplane Initiative is a non-profit, non-commercial organization to Foster trust and cooperation among and between water owners, operators, users, and government. We are the voice of the Colorado seaplane community and represent their interests at all levels of government.

Colorado Seaplane Initiative - Splash-ins

We have had 3 Splash-in:
2 at Lake Meredith and 1 at Kenny Reservoir.
There is much more to come and some great things happening in the years to come.

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Recent Updates

SB18-275 NEWS

May 7, 2018 – SB18-275 Dies in the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee I am sorry to report that SB18-275 was killed in the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee. I am awaiting a postmortem of the factors leading to the defeat. Outwardly, it appears to have been a victim of opposition […]

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Lake Meredith – June 2, 2018

79 Days until Colorado’s Second Annual Lake Meredith Splash-IN! at Lake Meredith, Ordway, CO. Colorado’s First and Only Public Use Seaplane Base! This year we have joined the Mile High Meet and Greet Wakeboarding group. Lake Meredith Splash-in Schedule   Attending Aircraft Other Activities Grumman Widgeon – Arizona Pilots may be offering rides Lake Amphibians from […]

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Connect & Collaborate – Sept 18 – 22, 2017

General Aviation Week Tammy Schmidt, On-Air Producer with Co-Host Kelly Sloan talk about policy and legislation that impact what some pilots are allowed to do, where to fly where to land and much more. During the week various aviation associations are introduced and their role in aviation is discussed. In the September 22nd installment, Ray […]

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Water Resources Review Committee – Oct 5, 2017

2017 Regular Session Hearing Items Shepherding Water Rights in Colorado Water for Outdoor Landscaping Forest Health Advisory Council Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) Project House Bill 17-1289 Concerning Historical Consumptive Use Follow-Up on High Groundwater Issues Seaplanes and Colorado State Parks Seaplanes and Aquatic Nuisance Species Public Testimony Final Recommendations on the Colorado Water […]

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Peninsula Daily News – August 10, 2017

Emergency Respondents, Volunteers Practice with Seaplane   On August 9, 2017, seaplanes, community resources and emergency services planners came together to help pave the way for a better future for Jefferson County. After doing exercises for so many years, starting in 2009, it is a special privilege to get to see everything come together and […]

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July 15, 2017 – Colorado’s First Mountain Splash-In

Kenney Reservoir – Splash-In Saturday, July 15th, opened to a beautiful Western Colorado blue sky.  By the time the day was over most of the attendees were describing the 96-degree day as the “coolest” they had ever seen. Several hundred attendees converged on Kenney Reservoir for the First Ever Mountain Splash-In in Colorado.  As many Coloradans will […]

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May 20, 2017 – Second Annual Spring Splash-In

Lake Meredith – Splash-In The Splash-In was a great success! The weather leading up to the event was horrendous and caused the turnout to be lighter than expected.  A couple aircraft canceled fearing the weather and conditions at the lake would not be suitable.  I must confess that I too was doing a bit of panic.  But, […]

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June 18, 2016 – Colorado’s First Ever Seaplane Splash-In

Lake Meredith – Splash-In We had a wonderful and historic time at Lake Meredith on June 18th.  There were ~500 attendees and 4 seaplanes.  We established a permanent seaplane base and created an airmark at the site.  We have proven our concept of operations by establishing an inspection process that was recognized by a sitting State Senator.  Everything we accomplished was a Colorado “First”. This success […]

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Kenney Reservoir

Small park with restroom, picnic facilities, and 40’ wide Boat ramp on east shore.   Coordinates: N 40° 06’ 52.97” W 108° 42’ 30.56” Elevation: 5350 Description: Approx 7500′ X 1500′; 280 Acres Landing Fees: None Restrictions: None Current ANS: None; Perform Self-Inspection at land airport Contact: Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District, 970-675-5055 CAUTION: Mountainous […]

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Lake Meredith

Seaplane base/county park on the north shore with restroom and 22’-wide boat ramp. Airmarked with the anchor.   Coordinates: N 38° 12′ 37″ W 103° 41′ 32″ Elevation: 4254 Description: Approx 18000′ X 4500′; Average Depth 6′; 3700 Acres Landing Fees: None, however a waiver of liability is required Restrictions: Wildlife Season 1 Nov to […]

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