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Basalt mudslide forces lower water levels at fishing area

Apr 29, 2015

A faint red outline pinpoints the area where the mudslide happened at the Lake Christine State Wildlife Area.
Credit Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A mudslide near downtown Basalt has forced Colorado Parks and Wildlife to lower the water level at a popular fishing hole. 

The small slide happened on a hillside near a reservoir at the Lake Christine State Wildlife Area over the weekend of April 18th and 19th. The slide took out a few trees, but didn’t damage structures. Mud slid all the way to Two Rivers Road.

Parks and Wildlife lowered the water level at the reservoir by four or five feet. They’re trying to determine the cause the slide, whether it was reservoir water seeping through the hillside or a natural spring. Once the mystery is solved, the area may be cleared of the debris.