Recreation plans move forward at Lake Nighthorse

Farmington Daily Times
Lake Nighthorse, located southwest of Durango, Colo., is pictured Sept. 4.

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has determined a recreation plan proposed by the city of Durango, Colo., for Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area will not have a significant impact on the environment, according to a press release sent today.Monday

The plan includes a staged approach to developing recreational facilities and opportunities. The approach is intended to protect the water quality because Lake Nighthorse is primarily a water storage basin, according to the press release.

Over time, the city will develop public restrooms, an overflow parking area for a boat ramp and a courtesy dock at the ramp. It will also improve the roads.

According to the press release, day-use recreational activities that will be allowed at the reservoir include canoeing, kayaking, rowing and stand-up-paddle boarding, as well as swimming, scuba diving and fishing. The seasonal use of motorized boats, including water skiing and wake boarding, will be limited to early spring to fall.

Following the bureau of reclamation’s announcement, the city of Durango will need to sign a lease agreement with the bureau, and a cultural resource management plan needs to be finalized, according to the press release