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Temporary closures for Canyon Lake area due to pine beetle spraying

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Mountain pine beetle spraying of six recreational areas across the Canyon Lakes Ranger District was delayed to the end of May due to additional snowfall during the month, announced the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland Tuesday.

The recreational areas said the spraying has been pushed back to May 30 at the earliest and will result in several closures throughout the area.

Spraying is dependent on calm weather and dry conditions, according to the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. The areas anticipate spraying to be completed by mid-June, but adverse weather conditions could delay the process.

The spraying will prompt temporary closures at the following locations:

  • Jacks Gulch Campground: Closes at 1 p.m. May 28.
  • Dowdy Campground and Day-use: Closes at 1 p.m. June 1.
  • West Lake Campground and Day-use: Closes 1 p.m. June 3.
  • Mountain Park Campground and Day-use: Closes at 1 p.m. June 4.
  • Bellaire Campground and Day-use: Closed because of wind damage — limited spraying may take place at a later date.
  • Redfeather Work Center: Likely to experience a temporary closure, but dates are yet to be released.

Campgrounds are expected to reopen 48 hours after the onset of their closures. After this period, campgrounds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis until reservations can resume.

Those who already have reservations scheduled at this campsite will be contacted if their reservations will be impacted by the closures.

The operations and conditions will be overseen by the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/arp.