Durango Working to Make Recreation at Lake Nighthorse a Reality

In late November the Durango Planning Commission took a preliminary step toward annexing property surrounding Lake Nighthorse. The Commission agreed with amending the City’s comprehensive plan for the eventual annexation of 5,500 acres of federal land. To make the reservoir available for public recreation by next summer, the City wants to be able to provide law enforcement. Currently, however, police cannot patrol outside City limits except to respond to mutual-aid requests in emergencies. In addition, the City has tentatively budgeted $200,000 for Lake Nighthorse for 2013, including funding for two new full-time employees, as well as part-time personnel. Durango, however, is anticipating a 90 percent cost recovery because it plans to charge a $5 daily entrance fee or $50 for an annual pass.