MULTIPLE STATE PARKS, WILDLIFE AREAS, FOREST ACCESS CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD
Credit: CPW press release
DENVER – Due to the historic flooding of the last five days, several parks and wildlife areas, as well as forest access is closed until further notice.
Northeast region parks closed:
Eldorado Canyon State Park Jackson Lake State Park St. Vrain State Park
Northeast region state wildlife areas and state trust lands closed:
Atwood SWA & STL Big Thompson Ponds SWA Boyd Ponds SWA Bravo SWA including the Scalva Parcel Brower SWA Brush SWA Centennial Valley SWA Cottonwood SWA Dune Ridge SWA Eagle Canyon STL Elliott SWA Ford Bridge STL Forks SWA Frank SWA Jean K. Tool SWA| Julesburg SWA Knudson SWA Messex SWA Mitani Tokuyasu SWA Mt. Evans SWA Nakagawa SWA Narrows SWA Overland Trail SWA Pony Express SWA Red Lion STL Sedgwick Bar SWA Simpson Ponds SWA Tamarack SWA Watson Lake SWA Webster SWA
Limited access: Ralston Creek SWA (parking lot washed out—hunters can park at Golden Gate Canyon State Park).
CPW recommends that hunters not cross the South Platte to go hunting, as additional flood waters are anticipated and may close roads that are currently open. Storm Mountain access road is closed except for emergency purposes by order of Larimer County and Highway 5 in Clear Creek County is being closed on and off at various spots.
US Forest Service ALERT! Road Status Uncertain in Some Areas, Travel Discouraged
Due to heavy rains and saturated soils the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland officials are discouraging all travel and activities on the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger Districts and the Pawnee National Grassland until further notice. The current condition of roads is unknown.
The Forest has 230 miles of roads across the hardest hit areas on the Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger Districts. Forest officials will be assessing damage. Some road or area closures are expected. Use caution on any travel in areas affected by recent rains.
For additional information on accessing Forest Service lands, please visit: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/hunting
If a customer holding a license in a GMU that is inaccessible and the season has not yet started, they may return their license to us prior to the start of the season get a refund or have their preference points reinstated. They may either bring their licenses into an office or have it postmarked PRIOR to the start of the season.
For any customers who are trapped by the water or who cannot get to their homes, CPW is following our standard disaster procedure--if the hunter wants to return a license, please contact us and return the license as soon as possible. If the license is destroyed, we will, of course, work with hunters to get them a refund, preference point reinstatement, or a replacement.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us
For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.