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St. Vrain State Park Reopens May 15

 

St. Vrain State Park will reopen in its entirety to the public on Thursday, May 15, at 8 a.m. including campsites, facilities and ponds on the north side of the park.   As the Park was completely devastated and essentially had to be rebuilt, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff feels very fortunate to be able to again welcome visitors, just a few short months after the flood.St. Vrain State Park

“It’s been a long process of working with engineers, volunteers, staff and more to get the Park ready and safe for visitors,” said Kathy Seiple, St. Vrain State Park Manager. “We are so appreciative of the outpouring of concern and offers of help from our neighbors.  We are excited to get back to hosting campers, anglers, and birdwatchers for a unique Front Range recreation experience. ”

The north side of the park, which includes the Sandpiper, Mallard and Pelican camp loops, electric sites only, sites 2-40, will be open and are available now for reservations, beginning May 15.  Reservations can be made online at: http://coloradostateparks.reserveamerica.com/ or by calling the Reservation Office in the Denver area at 303-470-1144, or toll free at 800-678-2267.

The additional ponds that will open May 15 are Pelican, Mallard, Killdeer and Sandpiper.  Restocking of the Park’s ponds includes 7,600 trout (Sandpiper), 3,000 10”trout (Redtail), 7,000 10” trout (Coot) and roughly 1.2 million saugeye between Blue Heron, Coot, and Pelican ponds.  Luckily, thousands of fish did remain in the ponds despite the flooding and major restocking will not be necessary.  Anglers can anticipate a full slate of warm water species to be stocked in the coming months as well.

Visitors are reminded that there still will be construction occurring with possible road closures and certain areas of the park closed for short periods of time, due to work being done in these areas. The Camper Services Building will continue to be closed for bathrooms and showers until May 15.

St. Vrain State Park is a family-friendly destination for visitors seeking a peaceful and simple outdoor break. It’s an easy drive from Denver or Fort Collins, located on Highway 119 just off I-25 (Exit 240).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us

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