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Portion of Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to be closed for Yampa riverbank improvement project

Steamboat Pilot & Today staff report
An angler casts a line in Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area in 2017. (File photo courtesy Brian Savoie)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A portion of the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area will be closed to the public as Colorado Parks and Wildlife completes an enhancement project on the banks of the Yampa River.

About a quarter mile of the river and its adjacent land will be closed. The area is closest to the northernmost parking lot in the Wildlife Area, near the intersection of Routt County Road 14 and Country Green Lane.

Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Billy Atkinson said the closure and construction are expected to end on or before Oct. 15. Signs will be posted in the Wildlife Area alerting visitors of the closure.

Atkinson said the project would improve stream bank stability and enhance vegetation along the riparian corridor, benefiting a variety of fish and wildlife species.

Parks and Wildlife is partnering with Yampa Valley Sustainability Council to restore vegetation on the bank by planting willow and alder trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Those interested in planting trees can sign up to volunteer at http://www.yvsc.org/partners/volunteer.

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