Eleven Mile State Park spokesperson Randy Hampton called today to make a clarifying point.
While they're quite close to each other and to the town of Lake George, Eleven Mile State Park and Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area are two separate entities. The Recreation Area is closed for the fire, as is Eleven Mile Canyon. But the state park, aside from backcountry areas, remains open. So, as it turns out, you can catch that puppet show after all. Or spend a day at Eleven Mile Reservoir. County Road Road 90 and 92 remain open.
"The winds are even blowing the smoke the other way," Hampton notes.
I regret the mistake.
That said, Hampton says the park is keeping a close eye on the Springer blaze, which is around 39 percent contained. The fire is within two miles of the park, so it's a good idea to check before you visit. The park office can be reached at 365-2447.
The park is waiving fees for canceled camping reservations due to the fire, but camping is still allowed for now within the main campgrounds.
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By now, most of you know about the Springer fire — you know the one that's burned over 1,000 acres near Lake George and Eleven Mile Canyon. It's still going, FYI. People were long ago evacuated.
And yet, this morning, I received a little newsletter from Eleven Mile State Park. No, it wasn't about preventing fires, or fighting fires, or helping the eco system recover after fires. It was about bats, puppet shows, and small furry animals. The folks down at the park wanted me to know about the wealth of interpretive programs offered over the summer. They also kindly informed me that it will be sunny, so I should bring water and a hat.
Hmmm. Um, yeah, not sure the hat and water bottle are going to do much to beat the heat down there right now. You know, being that it could be over 1,000 degrees.
I'm just going to make a wild guess and say that this press release was a little slip up — an automated message brought to me from former, happier days at the park. Then again, who knows. Maybe the staff is just really, really optimistic.
Eleven Mile State Park’s Interpretive Programs for June 22-24
LAKE GEORGE, Colo. — Eleven Mile State Park’s programs for adults, families, and youngsters continue through the summer with hikes, nature programs, and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. Please join us for this week’s free, fun programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70. For additional information, please call 719-748-3863. The amphitheater is sunny, so bring water and a hat to morning and afternoon programs. The program may be canceled if there is lightning or rain.
The June 22-24 programs:
Friday, June 22
Bats In Your Backyard — North Shore Amphitheater — 7 p.m.
Explore the adaptations of Colorado’s amazing bats. Learn about their lives and why they are important to people at this program with park naturalist, Beth Dodd.
Saturday, June 23
Eleven Mile Puppet Theater — Jr. Ranger Program — North Shore Amphitheater — 2 p.m.
Kids are invited to practice and present a puppet show for the Eleven Mile audience with the support of park naturalist Beth Dodd. The puppet show will be based on the food web that connects the many species of wildlife in the park.
Small Game & Furbearers — North Shore Amphitheater — 7 p.m.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Technician, Bill Rivale, will lead a question and answer session about the small game and furbearing animals that call Colorado’s high country home. The talk will include the opportunity to see and touch the pelts and skulls of common mammals, as well as the chance to hear some of Bill’s personal experiences while working with wildlife.
Sunday, June 24
Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony — Eleven Mile State Park Amphitheater — 10 a.m.
Hey Kids! Get a Junior Ranger Activity Book from the park naturalist or at the park office. Finish it by Sunday morning and bright it to the Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony to earn fabulous prizes. You’ll get a Junior Ranger badge and more. Not quite finished or leaving early? The park naturalist can help.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado's state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado's wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.
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