CPW bid dollars come up short, Lonetree Reservoir to close to the public next season

Lonetree Reservoir near Loveland, Colorado | Photo credit photokayaker via Flickr.

From The Longmont Times-Call (Pamela Johnson):

Lonetree Reservoir will close to the public next summer as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which has operated a recreation area there since the 1970s, was outbid for the lease by a private bidder.

“We’re certainly disappointed,” Mark Leslie, northeast regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a press release. “We negotiated as best we could for a 20-year lease, but we were outbid in the end.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife did not identify who won the bid, and representatives of the Consolidated Home Supply Ditch Co, owner of the reservoir southwest of Loveland, could not be reached Friday…

Lonetree Reservoir has been open to the public for fishing, nonmotorized boating and other outdoor activities for decades as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, formerly the Colorado Division of Wildlife, has held the lease there since the 1970s.

The state agency’s 20-year-lease expired last summer, and the parks agency negotiated a one-year extension to this summer to work on negotiations.

The public agency, however, was not able to bid as much as a private entity and will hold the lease only through June 30, 2018. No public access will be allowed after that date.

For now, fishing and recreation will remain as under the existing regulations…

fish biologists are working on a plan for the best method and time to remove all the fish and stock them in other public waters.

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