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Willow Harvesting on the Charlie Meyers SWA (Dream Stream)

  • Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area Lake George, CO 80827 (map)

Join the Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited Chapter for their annual volunteer project with CPW in improving the river habitat for aquatic insects and trout along the South Platte River. BRING A BUDDY – WE WILL FEED YOU TOO!


Willows planted along the banks of a stream have a very positive affect on that stream. The plants roots stabilize the bank, both keeping the stream narrow and thus the current strong and allowing hiding places under the bank for the large trout that love to reside there. The willow also provides shade to the water and thus keeps the temperature lower. Trout do not do well with warm water. Willows also secrete a sweet liquid upon which ants feed. The result is that many ants fall into the water and the trout love ants.

Dates: Saturday May 4, Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 2019.

Sign Up: Please sign up in advance so that we can get a good head count for lunch and so that we may contact you if there are any changes to the event.

You can sign up here on our website under “Time, Talent, Treasure” and then select “Volunteer”) or by sending an email to and giving a phone number and indicating which day(s) you plan to attend. Updates and event details will be sent via email to all volunteers that have signed up.

Activity Descriptions: May 4 we will be harvesting willows using hand pruners. We bundle the willow cuttings in bundles of 25 and place them in buckets of water. At the end of the day we transfer the willows to a quiet area of the stream near the planting sight.

May 10 and 11 we will be planting the cuttings using a “dibbler” to punch a small (1 inch diameter) hole into the ground, pushing the cutting into the hole and filling in any gaps with soil. There will be a pump available to pump water from the stream to soak the plantings.

After the planting is done, we will erect a fence and install signs to protect the area.

We will also need people to help with food prep and cooking.

We will be meeting at the main parking area on the dream stream “The Corrals” (Where CR59 crosses the S. Platte between Spinney and eleven Mile Reservoirs).

Directions from Colo Springs: Take Hwy 24 west, go through Lake George and continue about 14 miles to mile marker 250. Turn Left on CR23 towards Spinney Mountain Reservoir. CR23 end after about 2.5 miles. Turn left at the T onto CR59. In about 2 miles CR59 goes to the right while CR92 goes strait towards 11 Mile Reservoir. Take CR59 to the right. Go about 1 1/2 miles to the parking area on the right just before the road crosses the river.

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 pm.

Lunch will be provided, bring any other snacks you may want.

PPCTU Event Contact: Don Logelin,, cell 719.648.8863

What to bring:
• Water and/or other drinks for the day.
• Work Gloves
• Sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Sturdy Boots
• Waders we may need to cross the stream to do some work May 10, 11.
• Clothing appropriate for the weather (including rain gear).
• Chair to sit in while eating lunch
• Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
• Completed release form

or email

Later Event: May 4
Fly Fishing Rendezvous