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Sylvan Lake access limited while USFS replaces culverts

Enterprise staff report

The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising anyone planning to visit Sylvan Lake State Park that West Brush Creek Road — also known as FS 400 or Eagle-Thomasville Road — between the Visitor Center and Sylvan Lake will be closed just past the Meadows Day-Use area, March 16 through April 23.

Although the park will remain open, access to Sylvan Lake will be limited during this time.

The USFS says the closure is necessary while a project to replace two aged culverts at the West Brush Creek crossing gets under way.

“People should know that despite the construction, the park will remain open to the public. That includes the Visitor Center, Meadows Day-Use Area and East Brush Creek,” said Park Manager Dave Meline. “The lake itself will not close, but people will have to snowmobile approximately 17 miles from the Yeoman Park campground or Gypsum Creek to get there.”

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will continue along the 1.5 mile trail at the Meadows, as snow conditions allow. The Sylvan Lake State Park Visitor Center is open daily and offers a bookstore, interpretive displays and area information.

“People can still come out and enjoy their park.” Meline says, “but until the culvert work has been completed we ask everyone to respect the Forest Service road closure.”

The USFS says this is one phase of a program to upgrade aging culverts with a new design that is less likely to trap debris during high peak stream flows, minimizing flooding. In addition, the new culverts, referred to as an Aquatic Organism Passage, will provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals.

The USFS apologizes for any inconvenience resulting from the construction project.

For more information about the temporary road closure, contact the Forest Service’s Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715, or Sylvan Lake State Park at 970-328-2021.

For more information about Sylvan Lake State Park, visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/sylvanlake.


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