Black Lakes stocked with catchable trout
VAIL – Next time you’re traveling past Vail Pass, take some time for fishing.
Black Lakes is home to 2,500 pounds of rainbow trout stocked by the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. The fish are between 10 and 16 inches long. It’s the first of two fish stockings this year. The next one is scheduled for July, said Diane Johnson, communications director for the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.
The two Black Lakes are located along Interstate 70 near the Vail Pass exit.
Those 2,500 pounds are more than 1,000 fish, Johnson said. The water district stocks the lakes annually with catchable rainbow trout.
It’s important that the fish were inspected and determined to be healthy, Johnson said.
“The trout are raised by a Boulder-based fishery that is licensed and health-inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which annually tests the fishery’s trout to ensure each lot is healthy and free of disease,” Johnson said.
The two cold-water reservoirs are operated as part of the water supply system developed by the water district, which serves the valley from Vail to Wolcott.
At various times of the year, the district releases water from the two lakes that flows down Black Gore Creek and into Gore Creek, which runs through Vail. The released water augments Gore Creek streamflows, Johnson said.
As you roll over Vail Pass, you’ll spot Black Lakes on the west side of Vail Pass at an elevation of 10,500 feet.
Black Lake No. 1 covers about 27 acres and has a capacity of 527 acre-feet of water — nearly 172 million gallons.
Black Lake No. 2 covers about 9 acres and has a capacity of 98 acre-feet of water or nearly 32 million gallons.