Recreation at Lake Nighthorse

While Lake Nighthorse filled in 2011, it is still not open to the public for recreation. To help address and alleviate growing public concerns and outcries about this, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) provided an update to the public on recreation at Lake Nighthorse on June 18th in Durango. There were approximately 100 in attendance. The BOR is currently working with all Animas-La Plata Project partners and stakeholders to reach consensus regarding development and management of recreation at Lake Nighthorse. At the meeting they indicated that they were nearing an agreement to integrate recreation into the project, while ensuring compatibility with the primary purposes of the project for municipal and industrial water supply. They have been conducting regular meetings with partners and stakeholders to discuss and resolve a broad range of issues concerning water quality, environmental protection, and tribal trust responsibilities of the United States government. Many issues have been resolved and the BOR continues to work on the remaining issues, including working closely with Association members to ensure protection of cultural resources and annexation of project lands by the city of Durango for administration of recreation and law enforcement purposes. To provide input and/or comments to this project please direct inquiries to the BOR at (970) 385-6500 or email [email protected].

Also, as a reminder, there is still time to provide input and comments to the Colorado Water Plan (see story above). To do this visit the CWCB website at