HARTSEL, Colo.-Spinney Mountain State Park closed for the season on Tuesday, Nov. 23 because winter temperatures covered the reservoir with ice. The park will reopen in the spring when the ice melts.
"Due to the reservoir's fluctuating water levels that create very unstable ice conditions, Colorado State Parks and the City of Aurora (which uses water stored in the reservoir) close the park each fall when ice covers the reservoir," said Park Manager Kevin Tobey.
Nearby Eleven Mile State Park will remain open throughout the cold weather season, offering winter camping, as well as ice fishing, when conditions permit. Water levels at Eleven Mile Reservoir have been good all year and the reservoir is expected to remain at spillway elevation throughout the winter.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) ontinues to stock Eleven Mile Reservoir with rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon. The Gold Medal fishery on the South Platte River between Spinney and Eleven Mile is relatively ice-free, so late season anglers still have an opportunity to use their 2010 fishing licenses.
For more information, visit www.parks.state.co.us <http://www.parks.state.co.us/> or call park office at (719) 748-3401.