Lake Nighthorse to be Fenced

Eighteen miles of fence will be installed at Lake Nighthorse to control access to what is envisioned as the focal point of a water-oriented recreation area just southwest of Durango. "This is a land-management tool," said Tyler Artichoker, the first-fill engineer on the Animas-La Plata Project of which Lake Nighthorse is a part. "We're delineating our boundaries." The fencing actually will be installed to prevent off-road vehicles from reaching Bureau of Reclamation holdings as well as Lake Nighthorse. The fence will border private land below the reservoir dam. Much of the shoreline doesn't require a fence because the perimeter of the reservoir is bordered by rugged terrain owned by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Division of Wildlife holdings. The $442,000 cost of the fencing project is being paid by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.