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3/17/2020
Sylvan Lake State Park remains open but visitor center closed


Sylvan Lake State Park remains open but visitor center closed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Randy Hampton
Northwest Region Public Information Officer
970-255-6162 / randy.hampton@state.co.us
Sylvan Lake State Park remains open but visitor center closed
Winter at Sylvan Lake State Park
EAGLE, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) continues to ensure that residents and state park visitors can enjoy healthy outdoor activities while maintaining social distances. To that end, CPW is working to keep all state parks open for outdoor recreation at this time. 

CPW officials are coordinating with local and state health officials to make determinations about facilities in areas that may need modifications to meet current and changing health requirements associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Any changes will be posted to the CPW web page and CPW social media outlets. All park visitors are encouraged to check individual park webpages for details on modified operations or local closures.

In consultation with the Eagle County Health Department and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the decision has been made to temporarily close the visitor center at Sylvan Lake State Park. However, the Sylvan Lake State Park outdoor areas will remain open to visitors. 

“As we have reviewed all CPW offices and facilities statewide, we have kept a particular eye on the mountain communities,” said JT Romatzke, Regional Manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northwest Region. “With other recreational opportunities shutting down, a lot of people are heading to the park - and it’s a great place to go. In a coordinated effort to minimize people congregating in one area, the decision has been made to close the visitor center while keeping the rest of Sylvan Lake State Park open.”

Even with the visitor center closed, a state parks pass is still required at Sylvan Lake. Visitors can easily purchase an annual pass online or pay for a daily pass at one of the self-service pay stations at the park. Pay stations are located at the entrance to the lake, at the Meadows Day Use Area, in the quarry parking lot, or outside the visitor center.

Park staff will continue working and will enforce park rules and pass requirements. In the event of an emergency or urgent situation, park users can contact 9-1-1 or contact Sylvan Lake State Park directly at 970-328-2021. 

Eagle County residents seeking assistance with other CPW issues such as boat or OHV registrations or renewals, or hunting license application assistance, should use the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website or call the Glenwood Springs area office at 970-947-2920. 

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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
   
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