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Navajo State Park open house to feature discussion of park issues

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Managing recreation at Navajo Reservoir will be challenging this year because of the low water level.

To explain the outlook for the summer, managers of Navajo State Park are inviting those interested in the park to attend an open house and potluck chili dinner at the park’s visitors’ center at 6 p.m., April 29.

“We’re going to need everybody’s help and cooperation this summer,” said Doug Secrist, Navajo State Park manager. “It will still be an enjoyable summer at the reservoir, but we want to explain what will be happening between now and the fall.”

This meeting will be especially important for boaters and those who rent slips and mooring balls. Besides presenting information, Secrist said he also wants Navajo Reservoir stakeholders to ask questions and offer ideas and suggestions.

The current level of the water is 6,022 feet, more than 60 feet below the maximum level. It’s expected that the water level will only increase by about 10 feet by mid-June and then it likely will start dropping again.

“Boaters, especially, must be aware of what they’ll be dealing with this summer,” Secrist said.

Anyone who attends is asked to bring their favorite chili or a side dish. Also, please bring your own chair.

Navajo Lake State Park is located near Arboles just south of Colo. 151.

For more information, and to give meeting planners an idea of how many people will attend, R.S.V.P. by calling the park at 883-2208.

This story was posted on April 18, 2013.