Why is South Ramp and other areas closed?
Lake Pueblo State Park holds a lease with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to manage the facilities and recreation on the park property. The dam, the water operations, water levels, etc are managed by the BOR and other state/water organizations to determine water levels, storage shares, etc. The dam was built to store water for irrigation and municipalities; it is also for flood control. The recreation aspect is an awesome by-product of the dam and Lake Pueblo is proud to manage that aspect. Having said that, CPW and Lake Pueblo don't have any control over water levels and how they impact the access to recreation. We appreciate that sometimes we have to step back and let the dam and the reservoir do what it is intended to do…even when it means limiting our recreational access.
Water levels are almost at record high elevations.
- As of March 16, 2016, the elevation is 4885.7.
- The record high was on February 22, 1996 at 4888.35.
- The highest it got last year was on June 21, 2015: it was 4887.34.
At this time, the South Ramp is still closed (it is under water). It can re-open when elevations get back around 4883. The South Marina, the slips and the store are OPEN.
Shoreline Access points are also closed due to high-water. These include: South Fishing, N-1, portions of Sailboard and North Picnic.
Kettle Creek Campground is closed due to high water.
As of March 16, 2016, the North Ramp is open. Earlier in the year, the water was rising at fairly consistent rates, and it seemed possible that the ramp could be under water and closed somewhere around the elevation of 4888.6.
We believe we have peaked at this point and we are seeing levels stay fairly steady.
Around the beginning of April, some water will be evacuated to get the elevation back to the top of the Active Conservation Pool. That is 4880. At that point, we would have our ramps and most of our access points re-opened.
After that evacuation, it is unclear what water levels could do through the spring into summer. They could rise again, like they did last summer, there is just no way to know. Mother Nature and water are unpredictable. We just have to wait and see what happens and to respond accordingly.
For information on the Pueblo Reservoir and the water operations, visit the Bureau of Reclamation Current Reservoir Data.
We appreciate how disappointed many will be about the possible lack of access. We promise to keep things open and accessible as long as possible. Our first and primary concern is always your safety. We also want to protect the park's infrastructure and resources. THANK YOU for your patience and understanding.