Details for Crooked Creek Wetland Project

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There’s still time to sign up! If you signed up late or didn’t receive an email from us before you head up to the project, don’t fret. Here are the project details below, and two referential maps as well. If you signed up after Thursday, we’d love to have you volunteer and camp with us, but please be prepared to bring breakfast, lunch, and dinner for yourself.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Fact Sheet:

Date: September 7-9, 2018
Time: Friday evening (Sept 7) through Sunday afternoon (Sept 9)

Location: Crooked Creek Reservoir off the Thomasville to Eagle Road (FS Road 519). Camping is at the work site at an elevation of 9,400’.

What to expect
Volunteers will be working on several tasks to complete the last phase of the Crooked Creek Wetland Restoration project including planting native plants from containers or harvested on site to plant the regarded wetland at where Crooked Creek flows into the reservoir.

What to bring
• Personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
• Camping utensils, plate, cup
• Camp chair
• Trail shoes and/or appropriate footwear for working in wet areas (ie. rubber boots, tevas, etc.)
• Work gloves
• Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
• Rain gear
• Insect repellent
• Water (at least 1/2 gallon)
• Personal snacks

What to wear
Long pants are recommended and sturdy, closed toe shoes are required. The best advice is to layer your clothing to be ready for cold weather through the night and probable hot weather during the day. Be prepared with a hat, sunscreen, and rain gear.

Project schedule
Saturday Sunday
7:15 am Breakfast 7:15 am Breakfast
8:30 am Start work 8:30 am Start work
Noon Lunch Noon Lunch
4:00 pm End work 1:00 pm End work
6:00 pm Dinner

All participants need to pre-register and fill out a waiver upon arrival.

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner from Friday night through Sunday lunch. Please bring your own plate, bowl, utensils, cup, full water bottles to start and a water filter if you have one. (We will have water and additional water filters as well.) Please let us know if you need vegetarian meals.

Arrival + Camping
There is no official meeting time since folks will be arriving at all hours. Our goal is to have volunteers in camp Friday night so we’ll be ready to go to work by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Staff will be at the camping area by early afternoon that Friday, so you can arrive any time after that. Sunset that day is around 7:30, so ideally, you would want to have your tent set up before that time.

The campsite is at 9,400’ so please pack warm clothes for mornings/evening and appropriate sleeping gear.

There are three roads to access the site. The best route depends on where you are departing from and weather conditions. From Basalt on the Frying Pan side the Thomasville to Eagle Rd is the best route but can be impassable if saturated. The alternative is Burnt Mountain Rd (FS Road 501) – a road that is rough and rocky but passable when wet. If you’re traveling from Glenwood Springs it is shorter to take I-70 to Eagle and follow Eagle 400 past Sylvan Lake State Park.

4WD vehicles are probably not essential to reach the site however the Thomasville to Eagle Rd has some deep ruts in a few spots and the Burnt Mountain Rd is rough and rocky.

Through Basalt: Follow Colorado Highway 82 to the light and turn onto Basalt Ave, travel ¾ around the roundabout to turn right onto Emma Rd. Turn right at the quasi stop sign onto Midland Ave and continue past the post office and over the Roaring Fork River. Continue on Midland Ave straight through the four way stop. Travel 25.3 miles from HWY 82 past Ruedi Reservoir through Thomasville and turn left onto Thomasville to Eagle Rd. Travel 9.2 miles to Crooked Creek Reservoir. Turn right at the RFOV sign to access the site. Drive time estimate is 2 hours from HWY 82 and Basalt.

If using Burnt Mountain Rd continue past the Thomasville to Eagle Rd and take the left split towards Elk Wallow Camp ground. Travel 2.5 miles and turn left onto Burnt Mountain Rd. This road ends at the junction with Thomasville to Eagle Rd, turn right. Drive time estimate is 2 hours 20 minutes from HWY 82 and Basalt.

From Glenwood Springs: Take I-70 east to the Eagle exit and take Capitol St to Brush Creek Rd (Eagle 400). Continue past Sylvan Lake and over the divide to Crooked Creek Reservoir. Turn left at the RFOV sign to access the site. Drive time estimate is 2 hours 15 minutes from Glenwood Springs.

Special notes
• As much as we love our pets, they make unsafe project participants. To ensure the safety of all pets and volunteers, pets are not permitted on RFOV projects.
• The nature of the work is suitable for children. We request at least one adult to accompany any minors attending this project.

Project Partners + Sponsors

? Wilderness Workshop
? USDA Forest Service
? Roaring Fork Conservancy
? Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
? National Forest Foundation
? Alpine Bank
? ANB Bank
? Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation
? Bank of Colorado
? Bristlecone Mountain Sports
? KIND snacks
? Patagonia
? Sopris Realty
? Summit Canyon Mountaineering
? Treadz
? Ute Mountaineer


Below are some maps to help you find the project this weekend!

Please note: If you type in Crooked Creek Reservoir to Google Maps from Basalt or Highway 82 (this excludes anyone coming from the Eagle side), there is one step that is not ideal. The directions will tell you to take a left on Dutch Rd. Instead of doing that, continue up Frying Pan Rd and take a left on Eagle-Thomasville Rd instead. Dutch Rd is a residential area with no outlet, so while you might meet a new friend, that same friend will probably tell you you’re in the wrong spot.

Once you take a left on Eagle-Thomasville Rd, continue for 9.5 miles and look for RFOV directional signs to point you on your way.

If you have any questions, please email us at or give us a call at (970) 927-8241!

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