Flooding Temporarily Closes Connect Lakes At James M. Robb/Colorado River State Park
Credit: CO Parks News release 06/09/11
Flooding Temporarily Closes Connect Lakes At James M. Robb/Colorado River State Park The river has flooded both the road and pedestrian access to the park.
CLIFTON, Colo. - The Connected Lakes Section of the James M. Robb/Colorado River State Park was closed temporarily because high river levels have flooded both the road and pedestrian access routes to the park.
"The Colorado River has flooded the road and trail in the Connected Lakes Section of the park with more than two feet of water, which has rapid flows that could pose a danger to visitors," said James M. Robb/Colorado River State Park Manager Peter Firmin. "The park will remain closed until the runoff from the snowpack has subsided and river flows drop."
The flooding has pushed water from the river over the earthen berms and into the Connected Lakes, said Firmin. If the flooding continues, the water flows could erode the berms, which was another reason to close the Connected Lakes section of the park to protect the public, he said.
The Island Acres Section of the park remains open, but the wildlife area near 29 Road has been closed, Firmin said.
Park staff will monitor the Connected Lakes Section and other areas of the park during the week, said Firmin. Barricades are in place on the road and the trail to prevent the public from entering the area. Updated information will be provided as conditions change.