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Winter camping kicks off at the lake

Lake Pueblo State Park has started phasing into winter operations and has begun full winter mode.

With its popular reservoir and campgrounds, the park remains open for year-round use, but with some limitations during the winter season.

Several areas within the park’s three campgrounds will close for the season, but year-round camping and boating will be available.

Yucca Flats and Kettle Creek Campgrounds is closed for the year. Prairie Ridge Campground also is closed but full winter operation will begin in the other campgrounds, as well.

The Juniper Breaks Campground, which has basic sites without electric hook-ups, will have sites No. 100-124 open through the winter starting now.

A vault toilet facility is open to service those sites.

Electrical sites available through the winter will be Eagle View sites No. 300-314 in the Northern Plains Campground and Arkansas Point sites No. 1-27 and No. 94-95 on the south shore starting today.

These electrical sites will have a restroom with vault toilets available.

There will be no showers, laundry or dump stations open through the winter.

All of the winter sites open are available for reservation at 1-800-678-2267 or at parks.state.co.us/Reservations/.

The aquatic nuisance species (ANS) inspection stations also will begin their winter operations today.

Lake Pueblo is open to boating 24 hours a day, but boats can only be launched when the inspection stations are open.

The winter hours are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When the stations are closed, the gates to the boat ramps will be locked and no boats will be able to enter or leave the water.

As a reminder to all park users, the swim beach located in the Rock Canyon Day Use is closed for the winter season.

It will reopen the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, May 2014.

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