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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & Chatfield State Park W I L D L I F E FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Chatfield State Park is truly one of Colorado’s full-service outdoor recreation areas. We offer traditional outdoor activities such as picnicking, boating, swimming, bicycling, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and camping. We also offer recreational pursuits that may be more unique to the area, such as open water swim practice, hot air ballooning, remote control model airplane flying, and off-leash dog exercise. Nestled against the foothills southwest of Denver, the park is a “hot-spot” for all things recreation. Visitors to Chatfield State Park spend over $48.9 million annually at local businesses.1 Top attractions • Campgrounds located near hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, with opportunities for wildlife viewing • Numerous water recreation opportunities, including fishing, boating, paddle boarding and swimming • A unique chance to fly a model airplane or go for a ride in a hot air balloon Our partners • Audubon Society of Greater Denver • Jeffco Aeromodelers • Centennial Water & Sanitation District • Lockheed Martin • Chatfield Ballooning Association • South Suburban Parks & Recreation • Chatfield Marina • South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce • Chatfield Stables • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Denver Water • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary • Highlands Ranch Metro District • Sterling Ranch - Chatfield Community Association Challenges we face • The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project (CSRP), which will reallocate 20,600 acre feet of water storage (approximately 12 ft.) for municipal and industrial water supply and other purposes (i.e., agriculture, environmental restoration, recreation and fishery habitat protection and enhancement), will have major impacts on the swim beach, marina and other park facilities and infrastructure. It will also result in the loss of 587 acres of land due to increased fluctuations in the levels of the reservoir. • Encroaching development is resulting in increased issues with trails, roads, facilities and public safety. There is significant concern regarding impacts to wildlife, development of social trails, light pollution and degradation of the viewscape and natural areas. Volunteer activities • Volunteer opportunities include serving as naturalists; campground hosts; trail hosts; natural resource, maintenance and office support; and Dog-Off-Leash-Area ambassadors. • Annual volunteer recruitment open houses provide those interested with a chance to learn about all of the different opportunities available at the park. • Other volunteer activities include Eagle Scout projects, large group projects and cooperative projects with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING • 11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 791-7275 • Park Manager: Scott Roush As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s message Over the next several years, the way Chatfield looks may be changing, but not the recreational opportunities that we offer. As the area surrounding the park continues to change, protecting the resources of the park will become even more important. The Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project is currently underway, and it will benefit everyone along the Front Range by helping to meet the water demands of a growing population. With the project’s planned recreational and environmental mitigation, Chatfield will remain a top destination for generations to come. The Chatfield Staff invites you to come out and enjoy everything we have to offer. Visitation Annual: 1,708,113 Geography Region: Northeast County: Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe Year Acquired: 1975 Elevation: 5,430 ft Miles From Denver: 15 Facilities 3 Boat Ramps Boat Rental Dump Station 4 Group Picnic Areas Laundry Marinas (seasonal) Mooring/Docking 139 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Stables (year-round) Acreage Total Acres: 5,831 Governmental US Cong Dist: 2nd & 4th CO Senate: 16th, 26th & 30th CO House: 22nd, 25th, 39th, & 43rd Trails Biking: 25.4 miles Hiking: 26.7 miles Horseback: 7.9 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 26.7 miles Total: 26.7 miles Employees Permanent: 16 Temporary: 57 Volunteers: 342 Volunteer Hours: 20,317 Roads Paved: 33.3 miles Unpaved: 1.6 miles Recreation Biking Boating Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Ice Fishing Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Swimming Walking Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Camping Campsites (electrical, seasonal): 51 Campsites (full-hookup, seasonal): 102 Campsites (full-hookup/electrical Nov-April): 44 Group Facilities (year-round): 10 Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Frisco Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Chatfield Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING Rifle KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING Chatfield State Park

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