Too much river runs through it

Mile High Water Talk

High water from melting snow closes river access to the South Platte, halts diversion dam construction.

By Jay Adams

Denver Water has closed access to the South Platte River in the lower portion of Waterton Canyon due to high water. Denver Water has closed access to the South Platte River in the lower portion of Waterton Canyon due to high water running through the High Line Canal diversion project site. 

High water and safety concerns related to the inundated High Line Canal diversion construction project site have closed access to the South Platte River in lower Waterton Canyon.

“The river is running fast right now and we want people to be safe,” said Brandon Ransom, manager of recreation. While the canyon trail will be open on consecutive Sundays, May 1 and May 8, recreationists will only have access to the river in the upper canyon from mile marker 3.2 to Strontia Springs Reservoir at the top of the canyon.

Denver Water expects to open the Waterton Canyon trail seven days a…

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