Lake Nighthorse: Talks over recreation at the lake heating up

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From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

A committee that took on the job of developing recreation at Lake Nighthorse is negotiating with a consultant to produce a skeletal plan that would lead to a fleshed-out version focusing on a timetable, cost and public benefit. Two hours of talks Friday between members of an Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District subcommittee and Ann Christensen, the principal in Durango-based DHM Design, left many issues up in the air. The water district in March decided to develop recreation at Lake Nighthorse after Colorado State Parks, La Plata County and the city of Durango wished them well but said they had no money for the project. The cost of a blueprint for recreation – including camping, boating, angling and trail systems for hikers, bikers and equestrians – ranges from $150,000 to $200,000. In 2000, State Parks estimated recreational amenities could cost about $25 million. Ongoing operations and maintenance would be additional.

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One thought on “Lake Nighthorse: Talks over recreation at the lake heating up

  1. Why do we have to “develop” recreation??? Good grief, what ever did people do when lakes were just out there? “Oh my, there are no trails or facilities, I guess we just can’t camp or boat here sweetheart.”

    Is it time to pull some heads out the the dark pits they are buried in? Just open a few roads and let people in. Over time the need (or lack thereof) for proper facilities will surface. As for trails, well they will naturally develop if the area is used enough…otherwise there are always game trails to follow.

    Course the key is that people going in to the are respect nature and the lake. But this is just as key for fully developed lakes. Post some signes at the entrances with rules, then let the rangers bust anybody who breaks them!

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