Local Lakes’ Ice Conditions Prompt Official Warnings
Due to ice conditions, the U.S. Forest Service – Leadville Ranger District is issuing a warning regarding Turquoise Lake and Twin Lake Recreation areas in Lake County.
Turquoise Lake – Ice conditions have become very unstable this winter. Ice thickness various across the lake with pockets of extremely thin ice measured near the dam area and along the eastern shoreline to the north. Areas of thick snow covering the lake surface is also adding to the hazardous conditions by causing layered slushy snow on top of the pockets of thin ice.
Motorized and non-motorized travel across the Turquoise Lake ice surface is not recommended at this time. Warning signage will be posted at the dam parking lot.
Twin Lakes – Ice conditions have also been monitored and are very unstable this winter on both Upper and Lower Lakes. The ice formed in several layers on top of the main ice surface causing slushy snow and standing water across the lake surfaces. Also, pockets of very thin ice have been reported on both lakes, especially in the main channel connecting the lakes and around the power plant.
The Dexter Boat Ramp Gate will remain closed this winter. Over the snow vehicle travel is not recommended at this time. Non-motorized travel is recommended to proceed with caution as the ice may break unexpectedly.
Now before all you ice fisherman (and ladies) get your lines all tangled up over this, Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby organizer Angelina Salazar said that the new restriction will not have any effect on the derby planned out at the popular lake on February 11 & 12.
“People are still allowed out on the ice to fish, so the restriction will not change the derby’s plans,” said Salazar, adding that all of the competitors are required to check in at the derby headquarters (at Dexter Point Campground) where they will be given information about saftey out on the ice.
And as anyone who lives at high elevation knows, conditions are constantly changing. Please contact the Leadville District Ranger Office for updates at 719-486-0749. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter: @PSICC_NF