ROAD TO BEAVER CREEK RESERVOIR TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY
MONTE VISTA, Colo. -- The road to Beaver Creek Reservoir will be closed temporarily from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11 because of construction work to repair the reservoir dam. The closure could be extended to Oct. 16, depending on progress of construction crews.
The road, Rio Grande County Road 20, will be closed at the base of the dam. The entry to the Beaver Creek Road is about one mile west of South Fork off U.S. Highway 160.
For those who need to access the area south of the reservoir during that time, two alternate routes are available. The Del Norte Park Road, also known as Forest Service Road 345, is accessed about 1.5 miles west of South Fork from U.S. Highway 160. The other access road is County Road 14, the Pinos Creek Road which is accessed just west of Del Norte. It connects with Forest Service Road 330 and then Forest Service Road 332 which leads to the reservoir.
Big game hunting season starts Oct. 12. Hunters going into that area should use the alternate route or check with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Monte Vista to determine if the road has reopened. The phone number is 1-719-587-6900.
Fishing will continue at the reservoir, but anglers must take the alternative roads to the south side of the lake during the closure. No access will be allowed to the reservoir from the north side.
The reservoir will be drained completely later this year and construction will continue through 2014. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.