The Leadville Ranger District on the San Isabel National Forest is notifying recreationists that the Turquoise Lake Recreation Area near Leadville will not have water for human consumption available at the campgrounds. This is a temporary situation lasting through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Late winter weather and continued cold nights have kept the water lines and the lake frozen.
The affected USFS facilities in Lake County are: Father Dyer, Tabor, Lady of the Lake, Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Printer Boy, Molly Brown, Silver Dollar, Matchless and Maid of Erin. Potable water will be unavailable at these sites until further notice.
Campers choosing to cancel reservations will be given refunds and campers choosing to stay at these sites will be charged a reduced rate because water is not provided. If you are camping, bring water for washing, drinking and, of course, drowning campfires.
Turquoise Lake remains frozen and the water level is below the boat ramps. There will be no fishing or boating available at this lake. However, nearby Twin lakes is available for both of these recreation activities.
For additional information please contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749.