Ribbon cutting set at Lake Christine | AspenTimes.com

Ribbon cutting set at Lake Christine

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife is inviting the public to join in the official opening of Lake Christine at the Basalt State Wildlife Area.

A community open house with tours, prizes and activities will take place Tuesday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from the Town of Basalt will be held at 3:45 p.m.

Lake Christine was closed to the public in June of last year to allow for construction of a new dam. Dredging of the lake and replacement of the dam were completed in September, but spring runoff was needed to refill the lake.

“Now that winter is over, we’re looking forward to having everyone stop by and see all of the improvements we’ve made that benefit the local users of the area,” said Perry Will, DOW area wildlife manager. “In addition to the work on the lake itself, we’ve done quite a bit to improve the shooting range, parking lot and other facilities at the wildlife area.”

Support from the town of Basalt was critical to accomplish the safety improvements to the dam and the rest of the project. Patience from Basalt commuters and residents was also important as work on a new spillway closed Two Rivers Road for several weeks last fall. To properly thank the town and its citizens, the community is invited to attend Tuesday’s event and enjoy all that the wildlife area has to offer. Wildlife viewing, fishing and shooting activities will be available for kids of all ages and drawings will be held for prizes.

The Basalt State Wildlife Area covers several hundred acres and is divided into several separate units. The Christine Unit is home to Lake Christine and the Basalt SWA shooting range. It also provides public angler access to the popular Fryingpan River.