Effective June 1, 2016, anyone (16 years and older) fishing at the ECHPOA pond, officially Church Fork Reservoir, on Elk Creek Drive or in the streams below must obtain a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing License. ECHPOA was no longer able to retain a Private Lake Fishing License. Click on Unable to Retain a Private Lake Fishing License to learn more. These areas are still on private property for members only. You must also still be an ECHPOA member or Park County resident and pay for the annual fishing permit. ECHPOA fishing badges must still be visibly displayed while fishing. Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult member.
ECHPOA stocks the pond for membership fishing each year, usually late spring, with rainbow, yellow and cutthroat trout, when available. We have established a few regulations which everyone is expected to follow. Please refer to and read the Fishing Regulations page.
We have picnic tables, a fire pit, fishing dock, fish food dispenser, several trash containers (also used for cigarette butts and tangled fishing line), and a leveled play area for your pond enjoyment. A burn permit is required to have an open fire. ECHPOA has a burn permit, but, you must call in each day with our burn permit number before starting a fire. Both the permit and phone number can be found on the back of your membership card.
Wildlife can be seen in and around the pond. Please be considerate of all wildlife, including nesting ducks, geese, squirrels, rabbits, elk, deer and moose. The fish food in the dispenser is intended to allow people to have an opportunity to see the fish especially from the dock. It is NOT to be used to “Chum” fish. Please do not feed the fish in an area where someone is fishing. The fish are fed regularly to help promote health and growth, please do not feed the fish anything but the fish food.
If at all possible, when releasing a fish, we encourage you to try and do so while it is still in the water. Dragging fish onto the shore will usually cause injury to the fish. Sometimes, even when care is taken while landing a fish or if a fish swallows a hook, it will be injured to the point where it will not survive. If this happens, go ahead and keep that fish. For recommended tips on how to release fish for their best chance of survival, go to the Releasing Fish Tips page.
As a reminder, Park County has a leash law for dogs, please observe it. Please make sure the pond is clear of any items used for your dogs to retrieve while you let them swim. Any wood stacked near the picnic table is for campfires only. Do not throw wood into the water as it may drift and become stuck in the outlet pipe. Please pick up after your dog and not leave unpleasant surprised for others to step in. There are doggie poop bags made available in the containers at sign locations around the pond.
In the winter months, when the ice is thick enough to be safe, we try and keep the snow plowed off the pond for ice skating. Snow plowing is done by volunteers and may not always be available. Please remember that ice conditions may change very rapidly and the ice may become unstable. Pond skating is much different than rink skating, the ice may be rough and there will be cracks. Skating by moonlight is a wonderful experience. Ice Fishing is allowed outside the plowed area for ice skating and near the outlet of the pond. To see pictures of the pond and ice skating, please refer to the Fishing Pond page under the Photo Gallery menu option.
Salmincola, or Gill Lice, can be found on fish in most ponds in Colorado. It is impossible to eliminate without draining the pond and letting it dry out for a few months, or frequent and repeating expensive chemical treatments. However, it can then be reintroduced easily on the feet of birds or fur of wildlife animals that have recently visited other ponds in the surrounding area that contain this parasite. Higher water temperatures and low water flow have also been found to increase parasite populations. Fish caught that show signs of Gill Lice are perfectly fine to cook and eat, it is not recommended to eat the head. To learn more, go to the Salmincoloa in Colorado publication, written by Carolyn Gunn, Aquatic Veterinarian.
SPECIAL NOTE: Each person using the pond for any reason is responsible for their own safety including ICE SKATING and FISHING. If anyone chooses to go out on the ice, it is up to them to determine if the ice is safe and proceed at their own risk. To learn more about the signs of unsafe ice, please refer to the “Thin Ice or Not” article in this blog.
If the fish supply drops to a low level, fishing will be restricted to catch and release only and will be posted at sign locations.
Parking is provided at the Association Building and at the pond near the picnic tables and fish food dispenser. Please do NOT park along the public road near private residence.
Recommended quiet hours are between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. This includes no loud music, conversations or slamming of car doors. Please be considerate of those living around the pond.