The Forest Service says the closure is necessary while they proceed with a project to replace two aged culverts at the West Brush Creek crossing.
For more information about the temporary road closure, contact the Forest Service's Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715, or Sylvan Lake State Park at 970-328-2021.
"People should know that despite the construction, the park will remain open to the public, that includes the Visitor Center, Meadows Day-Use Area and East Brush Creek," said Park Manager Dave Meline. "The lake itself will not close, but people will have to snowmobile approximately 17 miles from the Yeoman Park campground or Gypsum Creek to get there."
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will continue along the 1.5 mile trail at the Meadows, as snow conditions allow. The Sylvan Lake State Park Visitor Center is open daily and offers a bookstore, interpretive displays and area information.
"People can still come out and enjoy their park." Meline says, "But until the culvert work has been completed we ask everyone to respect the Forest Service road closure."
The Forest Service says this is one phase of a program to upgrade aging culverts with a new design that is less likely to trap debris during high peak stream flows, minimizing flooding. In addition, the new culverts, referred to as an Aquatic Organism Passage, will provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals.
The Forest Service apologizes for any inconvenience.
For more information about Sylvan Lake State Park, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/sylvanlake