A Treasure Lost? Chatfield Reservoir



Ducks along the Platte River leading into the reservoir.

One of my favorite things about the area I live in is the access to natural environments within my community.

I learned today that place will be lost perhaps forever.

The reallocation of the Chatfield reservoir near my home will inundate large riparian areas and a state park heavily used in the summer months, not to mention the shoulder months for recreational biking and walking.   My heart sinks knowing Denver will lose such a great area and I personally will never again be able to take in the beauty of Chatfield and the scenes below.  Since the plan is to only fill the reservoir on high runoff years, the park cannot operate as it once did.




As quoted from the Denver Post,  “Filling the reservoir to the new level will flood 587 additional acres. Roads, parking lots, beaches, bike paths, trails, boat ramps, picnic shelters, fishing ponds and dog parks will be inundated. Restrooms and other buildings will be relocated to more than 600 horizontal feet above the low water line. Many relocated facilities will be constructed within the 10-year floodplain in order to provide reasonable access to the reservoir.”

They say to never expect anything but change.  If only the change were positive.

To read more about this

Save Chatfield State Park


Some of the pictures I took within the park on a chilly winter morning.

Area at Southwest end of Park








*** Read more: A plan to double Chatfield Reservoir water storage affects recreation – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/outdoors/ci_24148323/plan-double-chatfield-reservoir-water-storage-affects-recreation#ixzz2s6iSLybC
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  1. Changes indeed. I remember when the area was flooded originally to make it into Chatfield Reservoir. We were appalled then but had just gone through the devastating flood that made the dam necessary. Years later we could enjoy the benefits of the park. This change? Not so sure.

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