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CPW's popular Sylvan Lake State Park updates management plan and public can have a say
SYLVAN LAKE STATE PARK, Colo. - After a two-year process, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Sylvan Lake State Park is in the final stages of updating its management plan and is asking the public for input.

When approved, the 10-year plan will provide direction on resource protection, visitor use and future management activities at the popular park, located 10 miles south of the Town of Eagle. CPW has initiated a 30-day public comment period via an online form.

"This is a great opportunity for folks to play a role in determining the future of Sylvan Lake," said Park Manager Mike Wall. "As beautiful as this park is now, we have big decisions to make in light of the growth in visitation and how people recreate. This park is one of Colorado's crown jewels and the public's involvement will be a critical component going forward in order to conserve it for future generations."

To ensure opportunities to provide input, CPW began an outreach campaign in 2017, including a public open house, a public comment form and an online questionnaire.

"We've tried to reach out to as many folks as possible, and it included a Spanish language outreach campaign," said Wall. "We are reaching the final stages, but it's not too late to participate if you want to weigh in."

Wall says Sylvan Lake State Park is extremely popular. As is the case with all outdoor recreation opportunities in Colorado, he says one of his biggest challenges is managing the park's natural and cultural amenities in the face of increased use and visitation.

"It's not easy to provide great outdoor recreation while at the same time conserving this fantastic resource," he said. "That is why the public's input is so important. We need to make decisions the public understands and supports."

In addition to the new management plan, Sylvan Lake's dam has undergone major reconstruction, limiting access since early 2018.

"The dam is safer, and with a good management plan in place, the future looks great at Sylvan Lake," said Wall.

For more information about Sylvan Lake State Park, visit the CPW website.