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Just an FYI................John G.

"Dear Fishing Outfitter Guide Permitees:

I wanted to make sure you are aware of an upcoming closure for the Cheeseman Canyon parking lot and FSR211. Sometime during the month of October the Cheeseman Canyon (Gil Trail) Parking Lot will be closed for approximately 6 weeks. FSR211 will be closed for approximately 2 weeks. This closure is due to the repair of the culvert at the start of FSR211. There will be large equipment in the area and it is unsafe for the general public to be in the area.

The closure is currently scheduled to start on October 12, 2010 but maybe be pushed back to October 25, 2010. We are unsure of the exact date at this time, but I will keep you posted.

Kristin Kahler
Resource Assistant
South Platte Ranger District"
 
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From Danny at Flies N Lies :

" The Trail Head lot will be closed by the USFS (the big lot off of Rt 126 - used to be Wig Wam Campground until they paved it over !!) - scheduled closure is from Tuesday, October 12th for 6 -7 weeks - which brings it re-opening around November 23rd thru the 30th

The closure is to allow them to store construction equipment to repair the culvert under FSR 211, the road that runs up to the dam - they plan to dam up Wig Wam Creek, pump that water past the culvert & road back into the Creek, dig out all the sediment and drop the culvert down 10 feet, where it originally sat - it is currently just a foot below the road - an emergency repair after last summers nasty floods.

At some time during the project, FSR 211 will be closed for about 7 days - which means no access to the Canyon will be available - good news is that the program will not muddy up Wig Wam Creek - at least that is the theory - since they will pump clear water past the in-creek work.

These dates could be moved back, depending on the diving work schedule currently ongoing at the dam - can't close the road if the divers are not done.

While FSR 211 remains open, access to the Canyon will still be available from the dam trail - the one where I have to bring oxygen tanks and Sherpas to carry me out

We will keep updates on the weekly report as we are advised by the USFS - the old dirt parking lot (the good o'le one) will not be opened during the closure - so basically no one will be able to access the lower Gill Trail (by parking legally) for the duration of the project -- and I can assure you that cars not parked legally will be ticketed - and legal parking will not exist.

But - we are looking at setting up a shuttle service from the shop to the trail head - just depends on how much of the trail is closed off - as we learn more on the project (and what will be open or closed) we will keep you advised

The service, if implemented, will not be free, but as reasonable as we can make it - all depends on response from all of you - so spread the word to all your Canyon buddies - have them send a short e-mail to us if the might be interested in such a service - we will take it from there."
 

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Here's an Update.......John G.

"I received an update on the Gil Trail Head closure. As we know it right now these are the dates (subject to change):

Gil TH closed: Nov 22 - Dec 23rd
FSR 211 closed: Dec 13 - Dec 20th

Again, sorry for the changes but it is out of our control. Denver Water is dictating the schedule. I will continue to keep you posted if there are any more changes.

Kristin Kahler
Resource Assistant
South Platte Ranger District"
 
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