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Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The City of Colorado Springs is once again allowing public access to the South Slope, an area that has been closed to the public since the1900s. The South Slope will be open for two weekends in October and will reopen again next Spring. Colorado Parks and Wildlife joins in the celebration of the City's success and is excited to notify the public about new fishing opportunities that exist there.

"For many years Colorado Parks and Wildlife has supported outdoor recreation opportunities in our community. The South Slope is a great example of a collaborative effort between the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities and our agency," said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Manager, Dan Prenzlow, "Colorado Parks and Wildlife was able to financially assist in the opening of the South Slope through the use of sportsmen's dollars and we are excited about offering another fishing opportunity close to home."

The South Slope Recreation Area is located on Pikes Peak and offers access to two cold water reservoirs that have always been closed to the public: McReynolds and Mason. The South Slope also provides access to several hiking trails.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has long supported recreation on Pikes Peak and has given $200,000 to the South Slope Project through its Fishing is Fun grants. The grant money went to help develop facilities and support the opening of the recreation area.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also funded projects for restrooms, parking, fencing, signage and a fishing pier at the North Slope Recreation Area back in 1994.

The reservoirs on Pikes Peak have been an important asset for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and have been used for decades as a cutthroat brood source and has also played an important role in greenback cutthroat recovery efforts.

"These waters have produced great trout fisheries and we are excited that our anglers will now enjoy it," said Doug Krieger, Senior Aquatic Biologist for the Arkansas River basin. "We did not stock the waters this year but there are fish up there and its likely that this will be a location we will stock in the future."

Anglers are encouraged to try Mason Reservoir, located just a short hike away from the day use area at McReynolds Reservoir, which has good water levels and a good population of cutthroat trout. Water levels at McReynolds are currently low. Non-motorized vessels, such as kayaks, canoes and belly boats are allowed on McReynolds but not at Mason Reservoir.

The South Slope Recreation Area will be only be open Oct. 4,5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, by reservation only. After Oct. 12 the area will be closed for the winter but will reopen again in the Spring. Those wishing to visit the area will need to reserve a spot through the City of Colorado Springs. More information on how to register can be found at

Those wishing to fish at the South Slope Recreation Area are required to have a Colorado Fishing License, (age 16 or older). For more information, go to