Sometimes it is difficult to get information out in a timely manner because operational changes happen so fast. For example, this morning at 11:30, the State Engineer's Office had us scale back releases from Pueblo Dam by 3300 cfs, dropping the Arkansas below the dam to 700 cfs. This was about an hour after I told a kayaker from Denver over the phone that he should have plenty of time to get to Pueblo and enjoy the park at these flows. If anyone hears from that guy, tell him I'm really
We honestly thought we had more time before the change came down. Fortunately, the water travel time from Pueblo Dam to the play park is about two hours, so hopefully he got an hour or so at the higher flows.
Meanwhile, back upstream to Lake County.
It sounds like you were above Twin Lakes. That is outside of our operations like you mentioned. Most likely, the Twin Lakes Canal Company would be the ones monitoring the water changes above Twin Lakes. They also divert from above Aspen. To find out for sure, contact the State Engineer's Office. That stretch of water is in the Arkansas River division. The division engineer is Steve Witte out of Pueblo and you can reach him at:
Arkansas River basin
Water Division 2
Steve Witte, Division Engineer
310 East Abriendo, Suite B
Pueblo, CO 81004
Phone: (719) 542-3368
Fax: (719) 544-0800
Steve might be better able to explain how Twin Lakes Canal Company operates and at what times they make changes. I know their share holders include the cities of Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Aurora, so their demands must change constantly.