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AHRA Plan Revision
AHRA Plan Revision

​​​Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Management Plan Revision

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment is available for public comment through November 10, 2017.​

Public is invited to attend an open house and offer written input on the draft plan, which provides a framework for managing numerous recreation activities along the 152-mile river corridor. The release of this draft plan follows a comprehensive review of environmental, recreational and cultural resources along with extensive public involvement and review of public input. 


​Public Open Houses​

5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday Oct. 23 
CPW Southeast Regional Office
4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, 80907

5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 24 
BLM Royal Gorge Field Office 
3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, 81212

5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 25
Buena Vista Community Center 
715 E. Main St., Buena Vista, 81211

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is collaboratively managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  In developing the draft Management Plan, the AHRA Partnership carefully considered key issues identified through a scoping process in 2016. These included boating capacities, management of fisheries and wildlife habitat, public river access and facilities. The planning process is being conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

​The AHRA partnership is actively seeking the involvement of the public, local communities and other government agencies to support this planning effort. Thank you to everyone who has provided comments for informing the development of the draft plan.


The Management Plan is being revised for the second time since it was adopted in 1989. The AHRA management plan review started in early 2016 with a public scoping process. At that time, AHRA hosted four public meetings and held a 30-day public comment period that ended on February 12, 2016. The AHRA partnership closely considered these comments in developing a range of management alternatives. A 21-day comment period followed the release of the preliminary alternatives on June 1, 2016. A final 30-day public comment period and additional public meetings now follows the release of the draft management plan closing on November 10, 2017.

Learn more about the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. See the current Arkansas River Recreation Management Plan.

You may email us with questions or general comments at

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but partner agencies cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.