CPW invites public to July 25 open house to hear plans for Chain of Lakes ponds along Arkansas River below the dam at Lake Pueblo State Park
PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a public open house to discuss and gather input on agency plans to open more of the “Chain of Lakes” area below the dam at Lake Pueblo State Park to fishing and possibly water sports.
The 90-minute meeting is scheduled 6 p.m., Thursday, July 25, at the Pueblo City-County Library, Rawlings Branch, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 81004.
The Chain of Lakes, commonly known as the Valco Ponds, consists of about 257 acres featuring seven ponds – formed by reclaimed gravel ponds. The ponds are located on the land south of the Honor Farm property adjacent to the Arkansas River.
The property was purchased by the state in 2005, with plans to offer access to wildlife, open space, wetlands and riparian habitat by way of trails, fishing and passive recreational opportunities.
Ponds 1 through 3 and part of Pond 4 have been open to fishing since acquisition. A recent land acquisition by CPW will allow access to the rest of Pond 4 and all of Pond 5 in the near future. Additional land must be acquired, or easements granted, before Ponds 6 and 7 can be opened.
CPW is proposing a catch-and-release regulation for all bass and channel catfish on ponds 4 through 7 and would like your input. Paddle sports such as canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboards may be offered, as well.
Maps and draft planning documents for the Chain of Lakes will be available at the open house and CPW staff will be available to answer questions.
WHAT: Public open house to share future access plans to Chain of Lakes at Lake Pueblo State Park
WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, July 25
WHERE: Rawlings Ryals Special Events Room, 4th Floor
Pueblo City-County Library / Rawlings Branch
100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 81004