DOW to open Lake Christine on Tuesday |

DOW to open Lake Christine on Tuesday

BASALT, Colorado ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife will open Lake Christine at the Basalt State Wildlife area on Tuesday.

The agency is celebrating the opening with prizes, activities and a community open house. Those activities will go from noon to 4 p.m. at the area.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Basalt town officials will be present for the opening of the lake. State officials closed Lake Christine last June because of efforts to build a new dam. About three months later, dredging and replacement of the dam was completed.

The state has held off opening the lake to the public because they needed spring runoff to refill the lake.

“Now that winter is over, we’re looking forward to having everyone stop by and see all of the improvements we’ve made that benefit the local users of the area,” said Perry Will, DOW area wildlife manager. “In addition to the work on the lake itself, we’ve done quite a bit to improve the shooting range, parking lot and other facilities at the wildlife area.”

The state wildlife area covers several hundred acres and is divided into separate units. According to the DOW, the Christine Unit is home to Lake Christine and the Basalt SWA shooting range. The unit also allows fishing access to the Fryingpan River.

The DOW said support from town officials in Basalt was important in completing the work on the dam work on the lake. The agency also wanted to thank area residents and commuters for their patience “as work on a new spillway closed Two Rivers Road for several weeks last fall.”

So to thank area residents, the DOW is inviting them to attend Tuesday’s festivities. Wildlife viewing, fishing and shooting activities will be available for kids of all ages and drawings will be held for prizes, according to the agency.

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