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Online comment period open for Sylvan Lake State Park management plan

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Sylvan Lake State Park visitors can rent cabins, camp out, fish, paddleboat, hike and more at the popular site south of Eagle. On July 21 members of the public are invited to attend an open house to comment on the park's management plan.

EAGLE — Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle is seeking public input regarding its management plan.

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife faces enormous challenges as the agency continues to cope with a growing human population, dwindling wildlife habitat and a sharp increase in visitation at many state parks," stated a Colorado Parks and Wildlife press release issued Wednesday.

The agency noted that its park managers are meeting the coming challenges by updating their management plans, with assistance from the public.

Anyone interested in helping form the future of Sylvan Lake State Park is invited to participated in an open house planned Wednesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. Park personnel will present information about the process, answer questions and take comments from the public.

Another option for input is through an online survey, available at cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/sylvanlake, between now until input closes on July 6.

Once public comments have been compiled, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will draft a management plan for public review this fall.

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"This is a very popular park," said Sylvan Lake State Park Manager Mike Wall. "Renowned for it's natural beauty, we get thousands of visitors each year, and that number will likely go up. It will be a challenge to keep the park in pristine condition while at the same time maintaining its reputation as a destination for outdoor recreationists."

The park, situated approximately 10 miles southeast of Eagle, offers fishing, camping, cabins, yurts, picnic areas and nonmotorized water sports. Surrounded by the prime hunting and fishing areas of the White River National Forest, many visitors say the park offers some of the most beautiful scenery and best outdoor recreation in Colorado, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife release.

"We urge the public to get involved," Wall said. "Park visitors are a very critical component of our decision-making process, and we look forward to hearing what they have to say."

If you go …

What: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Sylvan Lake Plan Open House.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.

Where: Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway St., Eagle.

More information: The event is an opportunity for members of the public to comment on the park’s managmenet plan. For more information about Sylvan Lake State Park, visit the CPW website, or call 970-328-2021.

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