So, how do you recycle a spent gravel pit? In the case of Idaho Dept. of Transportation's Red Top pit - we cooperatively turned it into Southwest Idaho's newest fishing water.
Located between Caldwell and Notus, Idaho, Red Top Pond was operated for many years by ITD as a gravel source for roadways throughout the Nampa/Caldwell area. Once the gravel supply was exhausted, Idaho Dept. of Transportation approached the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and offered a 99 year lease to make it feasilbe to allow IDFG to add infrastructure including docks, an outhouse and boat ramp for "car-top" boats. We've also recontoured the banks in a couple of areas to make it easier for experienced and novice anglers alike, to access the water. Trees to provide shade will be planted in the near future.
The pond recently opened to the public. Follow the signs to the re-purposed pit. Expect to catch largemouth bass and bluegill.