Cortez: McPhee Reservoir

Montezuma County is interested in taking over recreation management of McPhee Reservoir. Frustrated by the lack of services, County Commissioners urged San Juan National Forest supervisor Kara Chadwick to convey land and management of three key facilities (McPhee boat ramp, House Creek, and Sage Hen areas) of the reservoir. “In the last 15 years, services have digressed at the lake to near nothing, so it behooves us to look at taking over management,” said Commissioner Keenan Ertel.

 Handing over federal land to the county is possible, Chadwick said, but it would be a long process and require a vote of Congress. The commissioners plan to pursue the process of conveying recreation sites to the county by developing a work plan that could put the county in a position in two to three years to present a bill to Congress.