Where You'll Be:
The Chain of Lakes at Lake Pueblo State Park began as gravel pits and now serve as important reclaimed habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife. The ponds have become a popular site for fishing and the rest of the park offers ample opportunities for recreation as well, including hiking, mountain biking, sailing, water skiing, and more. With over 60 miles of shoreline on the reservoir and 10,000 acres of land, it's no wonder Lake Pueblo State Park is a favorite destination for many Coloradans.
What You'll Do:
Individuals and families alike are invited to enjoy a summer weekend with VOC at Lake Pueblo State Park. While youth ages 6-11 enjoy fun programming with the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center, adult and youth volunteers ages 12+ will spend the days installing a series of timber steps at different access points along the shoreline of Pond #4. Our primary task will be constructing these steps, but work may also include clearing brush and vegetation and cutting new trail.
After the work day, all volunteers will enjoy delicious meals prepared by our volunteer Crew Chefs. Bring a fishing pole or fly rod for the evening, get out on the water at Lake Pueblo, or hit up the swim beach just up the road from our campsite.
Want to take a closer look at how to build timber steps? Join us early on July 12 for a free timber step workshop! This training is not required to volunteer.
Why It Matters:
The Chain of Lakes have become a popular fishing destination, but there are no access trails leading to the water. The banks are steep and erosion has caused sediment deposits to pollute the water. Building small access trails and installing check steps will stabilize the bank, prevent further degradation, and encourage the restoration of a healthy ecosystem. This project will not only provide improved fishing access, it will keep users from disturbing the habitat of osprey and heron on the north edge of the pond. Colorado Parks & Wildlife hopes to beautify and restore the remaining ponds as part of a much larger management plan to increase wildlife habitat and provide responsible and sustainable recreation opportunities.
- Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
- Volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. VOC will provide meals, tools, and work gloves.
- Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please email Kendall Cox or call 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.
About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 125,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.