Public Use of Reclamation Land in Ridges Basin Remains Closed to the Public

Media Contact: Mark Chiarito, (970) 385-6577
Jusyn Hock, (970) 248-0625

For Release: May 15, 2013

DURANGO, Colo. - As a reminder, Since June 30, 2003, the Bureau of Reclamation has prohibited public access and activities on Reclamation land in Ridges Basin and Basin Creek below Ridges Basin Dam in La Plata County, Colo., and around Lake Nighthorse.

Public access and activities on these lands have been closed to public entry and use until a recreation management entity is identified and appropriate recreation facilities are built to provide for public safety and protect resources from damage due to uncontrolled use.

The reservoir area is posted with no trespassing signs and trespassers are subject to citation by the La Plata Sheriff's Department. Please report trespass to the La Plata County Sherriff’s Office at 970-385-2900.

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