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AHRA Plan Revision
AHRA Plan Revision

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Management Plan Revision

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Management Plan is being revised for the second time since it was adopted in 1989. The plan revision will focus on facility development, infrastructure, boat capacities, land acquisition and access, multiple recreational uses, and other important issues along the 152-mile corridor of the Arkansas River.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is collaboratively managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The plan will be 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 and review of preliminary alternatives.

Public comments on the Recreation Area Management Plan Preliminary Alternatives were accepted between June 1 and June 22, 2016. The comment period is now closed. The AHRA partnership reviewed public comments received and used them to inform the development of revised alternatives that will be presented in the draft Recreation Area Management Plan/EA. The draft Recreation Area Management Plan/EA will be released for public review mid-2017. 


Early in 2016, AHRA hosted four public meetings and held a 30-day public comment period that ended on February 12, 2016. The AHRA partnership closely considered 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 will follow the release of the preliminary management plan, expected mid-2017.

Please refer back to this page throughout the planning process for information on the plan and on opportunities to be involved. 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.