Durango officially opens Lake Nighthorse for spring access

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Hundreds came out to celebrate Opening Day at Durango’s Lake Nighthorse. 

“I think it’s a great opportunity just for the community and all the fishermen and women…I think it’s just gonna be a good time getting back into the area that’s been closed for so long,” fisherman Rob Coddington said. 

The idea to build the reservoir came up in the 1960s, but construction didn’t get underway until 2003. 

In the years since, the city of Durango and area tribes have been working to determine what level of recreation was acceptable. 

Sunday, the city opened the lake to the public for spring access.

It will open daily beginning May 15. Until then, hikers, non-motorized boats, and fishermen can explore the new recreation area on the weekends. 

The lake is named after former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.  

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