Six-Week Closure To Upper Pond and Adjacent Off-Leash Areas Required
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-July 23, 2018-W. W. Wheeler and Associates, Inc. has been
contracted to design and perform construction services for the Upper Spring Creek Dam
modifications slated for later this month. Anson Excavating has been contracted to execute the work.
The Colorado Division of Water Resources Dam Safety Branch previously identified concerns with
the Spring Creek Dam. The upcoming planned improvements will rectify those safety issues and
generally includes: a new 30-foot wide dam spillway, installation of additional fill material on the dam
slopes and an improved dam drainage system.
Once work is completed, the modified
dam will meet qualifications for a non-
jurisdictional dam impounding a smaller
sized pool than what currently exists.
The spillway will be capable of routing a
100-year storm event. Due to the dam
modifications, the existing bridge and
trail across the spillway will be removed
and will not be replaced. New
interpretive signage, benches and a
proposed looped trail system is planned
at the upper pond following the 2018
This week, Spring Creek will be
diverted to flow through the bypass channel around both ponds and the upper pond will be drained to
prepare for excavation work. In early to mid-August, Anson Excavating will close all access to the Off
Leash Dog Park and the trail around both ponds for the duration of the project. Heavy equipment will
be working on site executing the modifications and trucks will be hauling material off site for disposal.
Work is anticipated to take approximately 6 weeks.
The city has permitted the project with the State of Colorado and the Army Corps of Engineers. Due
to the large volume of soil from the project, most of the excess material will be hauled off site. Some
soil may be used to regrade the Off Leash Dog Park Area. All disturbed areas will be revegetated with
native seed and will remain closed to all public access until grass has regrown to satisfy permit
Routt County #34 (Spring Creek Road) will remain open to the public with access to the Spring Creek
Trail. Dog owners are asked to enjoy other off-leash areas including Lower Spring Creek Trail,
Blackmere Trail, Butcherknife Trail, Rita Valentine Park and Whistler Park during the closure.