Upgrade work on Sylvan Lake State Park dam continues, completion now pushed back to spring
CPW News Release
EAGLE, Colo. -The project to upgrade Sylvan Lake State Park's dam will continue through the end of summer and into fall, as weather conditions allow. Much of the concrete work is nearly complete however, final dirt work, grading and revegetation will not begin until next spring, according to construction crews.
Although equipment and workers will remain present and active until winter sets in, visitors can access the park's visitor center, cabins, yurts and a limited portion of the park.
"Unfortunately, ice fishing won't be possible this year," said Park Manager Mike Wall. "But visitors will still be able to participate in many of their favorite outdoor recreation activities, such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing. Hunters can use the cabins for their hunt camps."
Wall says the reservoir area and campground will remain closed until construction wraps up. In addition, visitors will not be able to reserve campsites for next summer season until there is a firm project completion date.
"We understand the ongoing construction isn't the ideal situation, but crews are making progress on this large, difficult project," said Wall. "We are all anxious to once again provide the full world-class outdoor recreation opportunity this park has to offer. It won't be long. We thank everyone for their patience."
Through winter, CPW will maintain a minimal conservation pool in the reservoir, providing adequate aquatic habitat to ensure the remaining fish survive.
Originally constructed in the 1940's, the dam remained sound however, CPW engineers preferred to upgrade the dam to meet modern standards and prevent a possible collapse in the event of a major flood.
For the latest construction updates, visit the Sylvan Lake State Park page, or visit their Facebook page.