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Repairs force drainage of Groundhog Reservoir; no bag limit on fish

Malfunctioning dam equipment discovered this week at Groundhog Reservoir has forced Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. to begin draining the lake in order to make repairs, officials report. As a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire, construction hurt Lake Nighthorse revenue

The 416 Fire and boat ramp reconstruction are likely responsible for lower-than-expected visitation and revenue at Lake Nighthorse this summer. The lake has generated about $60,123, and the city...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Receding shoreline leaves dock high and dry at Vallecito Reservoir

VALLECITO – Drought’s domino effect in Southwest Colorado has hit again, this time at Vallecito Reservoir. With the reservoir less than 50 percent full, and waters continuing to drop, lake managers...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abandoned boat found crashed on road north of Vallecito Reservoir

An abandoned boat was found in the middle of the road Saturday night just north of Vallecito Reservoir. The marooned vessel was reported on County Road 501 near the intersection with Mushroom Lane,...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir boat ramp will open Saturday

The San Juan National Forest’s Dolores Ranger District will open the main McPhee boat ramp to motorized vessels on Saturday. Hours will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until May 1, then 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Motorized...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango identifies ‘quiet’ days on Lake Nighthorse

Durango City Council approved a revised operations plan for Lake Nighthorse on Tuesday that sets aside Mondays and Wednesdays each week for quiet use. The new rules will be enforced when the lake...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Quiet lake’ supporters concerned Lake Nighthorse rules predetermined

As the opening day for Lake Nighthorse approaches, residents who support a quiet lake are concerned Durango city officials have already made decisions, making the latest round of public-input...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee likely to fill for farmers’ irrigation needs

Thanks to recent improvements in snowpack, full-service irrigators of McPhee Reservoir are expected to get a full supply this farming season, officials report. But it will take a miracle from the...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

McPhee managers plan to open reservoir early

McPhee Reservoir and San Juan National Forest officials are proposing to open the McPhee boat ramp two weeks earlier in mid-April for the 2018 motorized boating season. But in order to do so, the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Access to McPhee Reservoir improves at Sage Hen

To better accommodate the public, the San Juan National Forest has improved access to McPhee Reservoir from the Sage Hen area west of Dolores. County Road X and side roads that lead to the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Montezuma County commissioners vote to restrict Sage Hen road access

Montezuma County commissioners voted this week to continue the temporary closure of County Road X in the Sage Hen area until Nov. 30. The closure of Road X and side roads to McPhee Reservoir is to...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Invasive species concern limits Vallecito Reservoir access

The Pine River Irrigation District and the Bureau of Reclamation have closed several informal boat-launching sites at Vallecito Reservoir to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species....

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News