Below is information on upcoming activities related to the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. This will affect both anglers and nonanglers alike for the foreseeable future. Read the information below in order to know how to effectively recreate in and around Gross Reservoir.
On March 14, Denver Water’s contractor, Kiewit Barnard Joint Venture, will begin mobilization for the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. You can find detailed information about the project at our website, grossreservoir.org.
Mobilization will include trucks bringing equipment and materials to the site, as well as an increase in passenger vehicles as our workers commute to and from the reservoir.
To ensure safety for residents, visitors, and our staff, all recreation access on the south side of the dam, including access to Windy Point, Osprey Point, and Miramonte Picnic Area, as well as to the scenic overlook, will close on March 14. These areas will remain closed for the duration of the project. During this time, on-water access (starting the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) and parking will be relocated to the North Shore.
To accommodate the increase in recreation at the North Shore, Denver Water will be making improvements to the North Shore parking lot. This work will necessitate a closure for approximately three weeks.
During this time, reservoir access will be limited to Fisherman’s Parking Lot and seasonal access at Winiger Ridge. We have developed an online map that will be updated regularly to communicate access and closure information. We will encourage visitors to the area to check this resource prior to traveling to the reservoir. Additionally, in April, Century Link and Xcel Energy will begin relocating underground utility lines to facilitate planned intersection improvements at Highway 72 and Gross Dam Road. People traveling through the area can expect potential delays and/or detours.
Please use caution when traveling through this area and consider alternative areas to recreate.