Back in the 80's, it was the best kept Lake Trout secret in the state. Unfortunately, mine tailing runoff killed the aquatic vegetation in the lake, and the ecosystem collapsed, so the fish eventually followed. By the early 90's, it was a dead zone. (I have personal, first-hand knowledge of this, but it was kept pretty hush-hush, and I'm not inclined to share further details.)
In part due to some of my efforts, the area was cleaned up by the EPA, and the lake is much, much cleaner than it was before. It holds a good population of various Trout, but to the best of my knowledge, Lakers have not ever been stocked in there again.
Reply by: Wmdunker Posted: 2/17/2021 6:37:14 AM Points: 445
In reply to mine owners being required to clean up their messes. They are now, but you must realize that most of the mines in the watershed draining to Lake San Cristobal have been inactive for over 100 years and the owners are long gone. Most of the original patented mining claims have been converted to residential properties for vacation homes and cabins. There is a program by the EPA to try to stop the drainage from the old mines, but there are vast numbers of them along with huge piles of mine waste that leaches acid and metals into the streams and lakes. It is no simple matter to clean it up and it is fabulously expensive. This is all being done at tax payer expense and that means it is dependent on the Federal budget cycle and we all know what a mess that is.