The City of Grand Junction Water Department will temporarily drain Shadow Lake (also known as Gardner Lake) this winter in order to replace the outlet valve and perform other required maintenance. Shadow Lake is located along Ridges Blvd. and Mariposa Drive near the Redlands Mesa Golf Course.
In order to minimize the loss of fish due to the draining of Shadow Lake, the City is collaborating with Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) to transfer fish from Shadow Lake to Mack Mesa Reservoir, located in Highline Lake State Park. Thus far, CPW has relocated a total of 967 fish (73 Black Crappie, 68 Largemouth Bass, and 826 Bluegill), utilizing fyke nets and gill nets. Mack Mesa Lake was recently drained and refilled to remove invasive northern pike. These fish relocations from Shadow Lake, along with additional stocking from CPW’s hatchery system and relocations of fish from other nearby waters, will help facilitate the re-establishment of the Mack Mesa Lake fishery.
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