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Quick Facts

Emerald Lake

Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Recommended Season: Early Fall
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle




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General Description

Emerald Lake lies high in the East River Valley amidst the Elk Mountains. From a jeep trail above the lake it takes on an emerald green hue, that is simply breathtaking. This 12 surface-acre lake supports rainbow trout and good fishing. An avalanche path crosses Forest Road 317 just south of the lake. This snowfield often prevents access to the lake from Gothic. The only vehicle access to the lake after a heavy snow year is via Paradise Divide Road.

Directions from Gothic Campground: From the Gothic campground follow East River Road #317 two and a half miles upstream. The lake is on the south side of the road.

Directions from Slate River Road: Travel west on the Slate River Road, Forest Road 734, passed Pittsburgh. Follow the road as it climbs to the top of Paradise Divide. Once passed the divide, you'll reach a wide open park. Travel through this park, when you reach the end of the park the road forks. Take the right side of the fork, which will bring you to Emerald Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Emerald Lake
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Emerald Lake
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Paradise Divide Road
No
ICON Bird Identification Emerald Lake
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Emerald Lake
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Emerald Lake
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Emerald Lake
Yes



Related Activities
Schofield Pass Road # 317 - The section of Schofield Pass north of Schofield Park is equally beautiful and treacherous. This road should only be attempted by experienced drivers in short wheel-based vehicles.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Delta Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center , , , , Phone: 970-874-8616

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