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GREEN MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Fee Demo Program at Green Mountain Reservoir and Cataract Lakes began in June. The summer-only program institutes fees for use of campsites and parking at Green Mountain Reservoir and trail use at the Cataract Lakes trailhead north of Silverthorne. Dillon Ranger District supervisor Rick Newton said his office is retaining 80 percent of collected fees. Total collected is about $40,000 annually. The program paid for new toilets last year at the reservoir. “You don’t need a clothes pin to go into the toilets anymore,” Newton said. The fee demo program was created to help district foresters garner money to offset the loss of funding they receive from Congress.Recent changes now differentiate between day and overnight uses. Cataract Lake and Green Mountain Reservoir day and overnight passes are available for $5; seasonal passes are $25.People who hold National Park Service Golden Eagle, Golden Access and Golden Age passes can park at the Cataract Lake and Green Mountain day-use areas for free. Those wishing to stay more than one night can buy multiple overnight passes.Day use and overnight passes are available at area self-pay stations. The district season pass is available at the USFS Ranger Station in Silverthorne, Master Bait and Tackle in Heeney or the Melody Lodge south of Heeney on County Road 30.


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