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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lake Irwin

Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133
Recommended Season: Early Fall
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This beautiful alpine lake lies at an elevation of 10,400 and supports good fishing for rainbow and brook trout. The lake encompasses thirty surface acres of water. A variety of biking, hiking and motorcycle trails are easily accessible from the lake site, where there is also a campground.

Directions from Crested Butte: Drive west on Whiterock Avenue, which eventually turns into Kebler Pass Road. Travel five and a half miles passed the Crested Butte town limits to the Lake Irwin turnoff (marked). Drive one mile north from the turn off to reach the anglers parking for the lake.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive north on Highway 135 from Gunnison three miles to the junction of Forest Road 730. Turn left (west) on 730 and travel approximately 24 miles to Kebler Pass. Turn right on to Kebler Pass and look for the left turn that leads to Irwin. (You'll see signs at the fork in the road.) Take the Irwin access road toward the one mile to the campground, lake and anglers parking.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Irwin Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing Irwin Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Scarp's Ridge Trail
ICON Horseback Riding West Elk Wilderness
ICON Bird Identification Irwin Lake
ICON Plant Identification Irwin Lake
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Lake Irwin
ICON Mountain Biking Dyke Trail
ICON Mountain Climbing Ruby Mountain Range
ICON Viewing Scenery Irwin Lake

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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