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Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Boating at Bonny Lake Wildlife Area Colorado

Across the West during the past several years, beleaguered state park systems in Utah, Arizona, California and elsewhere  have made news as state governments have slashed budgets and threatened to permanently shutter some of their parks.

But Colorado’s state parks have taken a different path.

Since the state parks became part of the newly-created Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2011, three of four state parks slated for closure prior to the merger have remained open and there are no plans to shut them down. The fourth park, Bonny Lake near Burlington, became a state wildlife area and remains open to the public.

Despite losing more than $27 million in revenue during the previous year, including some federal money the state receives for managing federally-owned reservoirs, Colorado’s state park system closed out its 2012 fiscal year with a $4.2 million budget surplus, according to a CPW financial report released this week.

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Bonny Lake is being managed as a State Wildlife Area and remains open to the public.  The Visitor Center and Camper Service buildings are closed and water and electric are not available.

Currently Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma County Commissioners, the Three Rivers Alliance, Yuma County Economic Development Council and other community groups to determine the future of the former State Park.  The discussions include facilities and campgrounds that were previously managed by Colorado State Parks.  At present, Bonny Lake is being managed as part of the South Republican State Wildlife Area, a 13,000 acre management unit that offers deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game hunting.

Please check back for updates on any changes for the future management of Bonny Lake State Park or call the Southeast Regional Office in Colorado Springs at 719-227-5200.

Colorado State Park PhotoColorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day, Monday, Aug. 6, by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks. Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition.

“Each Colorado Day, we invite everyone to get outdoors at the state parks, enjoy the natural beauty of these places and experience all the recreational activities that the parks have to offer,” said Rick Cables, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director. “This annual free day gives people who have never visited a state park the chance to experience the great activities in state parks. Colorado Day is also our annual ‘thank-you’ to all our visitors for their support.”

Entrance fees are waived for the day but all other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect on Aug. 6.

The state parks, scattered throughout Colorado, showcase the state’s diverse landscapes, including the prairies of the eastern plains at North Sterling State Park, the alpine beauty of the mountains at State Forest State Park near Walden and the unique geological landscapes at Castlewood Canyon State Park. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy Colorado’s rivers at James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park near Grand Junction and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area in Salida. And, there’s plenty of outdoor fun at the reservoirs at Trinidad Lake State Park, Pearl Lake State Park near Steamboat Springs, Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg and Navajo State Park near Durango.

There are a huge variety of recreational opportunities at all Colorado state parks. Float your boat or kayak, raft a river and jet-ski. View diverse wildlife and a multitude of bird species. Catch fish, hike, explore by geocaching, ride some of the best OHV trails in the state or go horseback riding. Teach your children to fish, camp or learn about nature. Climb a challenging rock face, fly a kite or ride your bike.

Come play all day, enjoy a picnic and stay for the sunset. This Colorado Day, be sure to get out to a state park for a fun-filled day that the whole family can enjoy.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see:http://parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

 

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