June 11, 2016 – Summer BBQ and Potluck

BBQMark your calendars for our annual summer barbeque on Saturday, June 11th, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  ECHPOA will provide pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, ice tea, lemonade, and water.  Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Wine and food pairing education will be performed by the Aspen Peak Cellars staff from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm OR until the wine is gone, whichever comes first.  So, come early!  Don’t forget your fishing pole!  You do not have to be a member to attend, you do need an ECHPOA fishing permit to fish, and 21 years or older to taste the wine.  Invite your friends and family to join us at the Association Building, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

For more information contact Dale Wark at 303-838-4005 or drw1349@yahoo.com.

Big Fish Story!

Peyton and fish 05202016

Peyton proudly holds the fish he caught out of the ECHPOA pond today.  It would have been just another Big Fish Story had Bryan Murphy not been around to take a picture for proof!  What a great way to spend a beautiful spring day!


June 1, 2016 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1st in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  John Van Doren, a Firewise Representative from the KZ Ranch, will give a presentation on how to become a “certified” Firewise Community.  Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their risk have a greater chance of surviving wildfires.  We need residents that are interested in having their property mitigated and are willing to help others do the same!  Come join us in moving forward to develop a plan of action.  You do not have to be a member to attend.

For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.

ECHPOA unable to retain Private Lake License

Effective June 1, 2016, and before our pond is stocked with new fish this year, anyone (16 years and older) fishing at the ECHPOA pond, officially Church Fork Reservoir, on Elk Creek Drive or in the creek below must now obtain a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing License.  These areas are still on private property for members only.  You must also still be an ECHPOA member and pay for the annual fishing permit.  ECHPOA fishing badges must still be visibly displayed while fishing.

We were recently contacted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Special Licensing, to determine if ECHPOA wanted to retain our Private Lake License and if it was possible for them to validate the continued licensing.  After many discussions and serious consideration, we unfortunately will not be able to retain our Private Lake License.  It would be physically and financially impossible for ECHPOA to comply with all legal requirements, such as providing a “receipt” to anyone transporting fish, dead or alive, outside of our community, installing screening to prevent fish from entering or leaving licensed lake, and paying an additional annual fee to continue restricting fishing in our pond to members only and not opening it up to the general public.

The annual fee to obtain a state fishing license is $26 for resident, $56 for non-residents, $1 for seniors (64 years or older), or $9 for one-day.  For more information about fees and how to obtain a license, go to:


Requirements for Private Lake License can be found at:


We regret being forced to make this decision.

Better than originally thought!

For the previous article I had written about the snowpack in Colorado I had posted the graph for the Arkansas River Basin by mistake and not the South Platte River Basin which is where Bailey is located.  The Arkansas River Basin in southeast Colorado normally receives less precipitation than the South Platte River Basin in northeast Colorado.  The South Platte graph shows that the snowpack levels are even better than I originally thought!  Even though the snowpack levels did also drop below the average in March, it was not as far below average as the Arkansas levels were.  The snowpack levels for the South Platte stayed fairly close to the average until the middle of April, where the last couple of storms have pushed the levels well above average, and almost reaching the 2014 highs.  These storms have also moved the normal peak date of April 26th to now May 1st.  We should be seeing some pretty spring flowers soon with all this moisture!

Colorado Snowpack Graph 5-1-2016