Spinney Mountain Reservoir Closes for Season Dec. 3
HARTSEL, Colo. - Spinney Mountain State Park will officially close for the season at the end of the day on Dec. 3. The park will reopen in the spring when the reservoir is ice free. Historically ice covers the reservoir by late November. This year’s seasonally warm weather has allowed us to expend our season well beyond the November 15 date set in regulations.
“Due to the reservoir’s fluctuating water levels that create very unstable ice conditions, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the City of Aurora close the park each fall,” said Park Manager Jacob Dewhirst.
Nearby Eleven Mile State Park will remain open throughout the cold weather season, offering winter camping, as well as ice fishing, when conditions permit. Water levels at Eleven Mile Reservoir have been good all year and the reservoir is expected to remain near spillway elevation throughout the winter.
Park officials remind ice fishermen that ice thicknesses may vary considerably within relatively short walking distances. Anyone venturing out onto the ice should always go with a partner, drill test holes to ensure at least 5 inches of clear, solid ice is found consistently across the surface, wear a life jacket and carry ice picks, 50 feet of rope and a cellphone. Park rangers also recommend that anglers stay away from pressure ridges, open water and ice that is porous, soft or has granulated crystals.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to stock Eleven Mile Reservoir with trout, many of which grow to be trophy-sized. The Gold Medal fishery on the South Platte River between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile State Parks usually has long stretches of open water well into the fall, so late season anglers can still have an opportunity to get some late-season catch-and-release fly fishing in.
For more information, call park office at (719) 748-3401 or visit cpw.state.co.us