Credit: The Durango Herald
Article Last Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2010
PRID and Vallecito Fees needed to manage recreation Article Last Updated Wednesday, May 12, 2010 12:00AM
The opportunities for water recreation in Southwest Colorado are considerable rivers and streams are plentiful.
So, too, are reservoirs. The oldest major reservoir covered the confluence of the Pine River and Vallecito Creek north of Bayfield, and dates to the late 1930s and early 1940s. The construction of Vallecito Reservoir was part of the 1930s Great Depression effort to put men to work.
Now, 70 years later and at a time of fiscal constraints across the country, it is not surprising that the reservoir operator has had to turn to user fees to cover the costs associated with recreation on that large body of water.
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