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Lake Gulch

Lake Gulch Open Space is a grassland valley, flanked by Gambel oak and scattered ponderosa pines. It contains portions of Lake Gulch Creek and small marsh areas. Pikes Peak is visible from the upland portions of the property. A large elk herd and other wildlife inhabit the area. The portion of the property owned by Douglas County will eventually have public access pending implementation of a management plan. However, the privately held portion of Lake Gulch Open Space will not have public access.

Year protected:  1999

Acres:  1,000

Land Category: Agricultural Open Space / Wildlife Habitat

Conservation Tool:  210 acres in fee simple owned by Douglas County, 790 acres in private ownership

Cost:  $1.3 million Douglas County / $1.3 million GOCO

Partners:  Private lenders, The Conservation Fund, and Douglas County Land Conservancy

Location:  South of Lower Lake Gulch Road and east of I-25 in the South I-25 Conservation Corridor