Recovery Act Money Goes to Colorado Campground
When the Cow Creek South Campground closed July 17, it temporarily shut off 32 reserved-access campsites along Green Mountain Reservoir west of Denver, Colo., the Summit Daily News reported.
It’s an ideal spot, said Mike Meindl, who spends nearly every weekend at the reservoir. He’s a permit-holder for the High Lakes Ski Club, which largely operates in a cove around the corner from the Cow Creek South Campground. And he’s been frequenting Cow Creek South since the 1980s.
Aside from the ability to reserve sites and have a space guaranteed, the campground has willows that break the wind and tree cover for shade.
“It’s a better experience” than Cow Creek North, which is where he’s camping since the southern campground closed for construction, he said.
According to the Forest Service, the Cow Creek South closure is to facilitate construction of campground improvements, including about a dozen new campsites and two campground host sites within the facility’s boundaries — funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The project also includes creating a deceleration lane on Colorado Highway 9 as the road approaches the campground entrance — work that began Monday. The 2011 work is the first phase of several projects, spread over multiple years, for the campground.
Campers still have access to nearly 100 sites at other campgrounds on Green Mountain Reservoir, including Prairie Point, McDonald Flats, Cow Creek North, Willows and Elliot Creek. Dispersed camping is available on Spring Creek Road, about 15 miles away, and Blue River Campground, about eight miles south, has 24 campsites.