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Harvey Gap inspection complete, popular reservoir begins to refill, emergency fish salvage lifted

Harvey Gap inspection complete, popular reservoir begins to refill, emergency fish salvage lifted
Harvey Gap Reservoir, located a few miles north of Silt, is a popular destination for anglers
Mike Porras

Harvey Gap inspection complete, popular reservoir begins to refill, emergency fish salvage lifted

RIFLE, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted an emergency fish salvage at Harvey Gap Reservoir. Effective immediately, all usual bag and possession limits for the various fish species are back in place.

The reservoir is steadily refilling after the Silt Water Conservancy District lowered levels to perform an inspection of the reservoir's outlet infrastructure. According to Silt Water, they found no significant concerns.

"It depends on snowfall, but even if we have an average winter, water-based recreation at the reservoir should be pretty much back to normal by spring," said Park Manager Brian Palcer. "However, folks may still have an opportunity to enjoy canoeing or kayaking before the reservoir ices over this winter."

Harvey Gap Reservoir currently does not have an Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station. All watercraft normally requiring an inspection cannot launch at Harvey Gap until further notice.

Muddy conditions still exist around the water's edge and everyone is advised to use caution and avoid becoming stuck in deep mud.

Harvey Gap State Park is a day-use area only, except when fishing. Overnight camping and pets are prohibited.

A valid park pass is required, available at self service stations at Harvey Gap State Park or at the Visitor Center at nearby Rifle Gap State Park.

Farmers Irrigation Company owns Harvey Gap Reservoir. The Silt Water Conservancy District is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the reservoir and associated irrigation water delivery infrastructure. CPW leases the surface of the reservoir and manages the park's trails, day-use areas and fishery.

For more information about Harvey Gap Reservoir, contact Rifle Gap State Park at 970-625-1607 or visit the CPW website.

For more information about fishing in Colorado, visit the CPW fishing page.

For questions about water operations of Harvey Gap Reservoir, contact the Silt Water Conservancy District at 970-876-2393 or by email at


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