Colorado Parks and Wildlife has closed a portion of the Arkansas River near Salida so that a dam can be removed.

CPW said they closed a short section of the river to facilitate the removal of a low-head dam located 1.5 miles upstream from the Mount Shavano State Fish Hatchery. The closure will be in place from the Chaffee County Road 166 Bridge to the Salida Boat Ramp and is expected to last six weeks. 

CPW says the removal of the dam will benefit fish populations and will address a deadly threat to boaters on the river.