Lake Christine closed for project |

Lake Christine closed for project

BASALT ” Lake Christine in the Basalt State Wildlife Area is closed until September, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has announced.

The closure will allow a contractor to rebuild a dam and dredge the lake. Inspectors determined the old dam needed to be rebuilt or removed because of the threat of a failure and potential for flooding.

Dredging will clear out silt that has accumulated in the lake for decades. Deeper water will improve the quality of the habitat for fish and improve fishing prospects for anglers, the wildlife division said.

When work is completed in the fall, the lake will begin to refill but probably won’t reach capacity until next spring’s runoff, according to the agency. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will restock the lake with fish when water capacity and temperature have reached appropriate levels.

Lake Christine’s parking area and picnic and outhouse facilities will also be closed during the construction.

Another project at the Basalt State Wildlife Area, improvements at the shooting range, is nearly finished. The range will is scheduled to reopen Saturday, June 30.

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