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Lake: Jackson Lake

Jackson 9-2-2020

Post By: phidoux      Posted: 9/2/2020 5:29:08 PM     Points: 6337    
Just got back from Jackson. If you want to work on your all over tan now is the time to do it. The pics are from the north end and the water line was 700 feet from normal water line and was the closest to get to the water. everything else was on heck of a hike to get to the water.
There was a sign that said the bridge into the lake will be closed fron 9-8-2020 to 11-8-2020.
First pic is at the water line looking north to my truck.
Second pic is at the water line looking north to west.
Third pic is at the waterline looking north to east.
I took a vid at the dam but it won't load.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 9/3/2020 7:06:16 AM     Points: 15650    
Man that sure is a sad site to see. Thanks for the pics and info.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 9/3/2020 8:53:55 AM     Points: 976    
Wow. I think it is worse @ most bodies of water this year.
 Reply by: Matt17Verse27      Posted: 9/4/2020 2:09:16 PM     Points: 311    
Jackson Lake this morning. 09-04-2020.

 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 9/4/2020 7:38:18 PM     Points: 1382    
Depressing looking indeed.
 Reply by: cspishock      Posted: 9/14/2020 4:11:08 PM     Points: 3920    
How is the fishing? I have not been out there all year and have been considering it. I primarily shore fish so this may be a good opportunity to get places I canít usually get too.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 9/15/2020 12:29:46 PM     Points: 268    
so....they emptying jackson too? man id be furious if i was a resident of NE CO...i have never fished jackson nor jumbo but theyve been on my radar as good fisheries

sad stuff...pour one out for the trophy wipers
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/15/2020 12:44:02 PM     Points: 59193    
3way we need to be fortunate that they (water owners) allow us to use the water. As someone who fishes out there trust me I'm upset but as a water and land owner out there I'm glad there's water for our crops. This happens out here about every 8 to 12 years. The fisherys will come back around. Just takes a few years and some selective harvesting by us anglers.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: 9/16/2020 9:09:21 AM     Points: 1568    
Totally agree with Goose. Yet, I have always wondered if more of the flood irrigated farm land was converted to pivot's or rolling sprinklers if more water could be conserved. Though in the Fort Morgan to Julesburg corridor there is a majority of pivot's. More so in the Greeley area you see the flood irrigation. Just seems like more water gets wasted that way, and maybe it's negligible but nothing is worse than wasted water around here.
 Reply by: ronco      Posted: 9/16/2020 10:49:41 AM     Points: 83    
Wreckstar, a circle sprinkler is more effective, but for me the cost is prohibitive. I only have 90 acres, to switch over to a sprinkle would be 100,000 dollars. Here's a write up on it. [log in for link]
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/16/2020 11:05:48 AM     Points: 59193    
Water is definitely better used when irrigating through a pivot. It also cuts way down on the man hours of irrigating. The biggest problem is pivots are expensive to buy and costly to maintain and insure. We just installed a new one this spring to the tune of 100k. That pivot will irrigate about 60 acres. We can flood irrigate that same accrage with about 2 to 3 hundred dollars worth of pipe and dams plus man hours. The other part of flood irrigation is that the "waisted water" or tail waters end up back in the river system that ultimately flows downstream to the lakes. The south Platte river is set up so the if the water company's don't have an augmentation plan in place they can't utilize their water rights. This is strictly monitored by the river commissioner.
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: 9/16/2020 2:14:59 PM     Points: 1568    
Yea I figured that's the main reason, cost. Not a farmer myself, just a landman that talks to farmers all day everyday. One of my farmer buddies told me all about the USDA loans he used to pay for like 90% of his pivots, so I guess I assumed those kinds of programs were more available.

Edit: Read your link after I posted Ronco and it said it right there at the end.

"NRCS also has a program called the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) that provides cost-share funds to producers converting from flood to sprinkler irrigation."

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