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

Quick Facts

Ptarmigan Lake

Elevation: 12,100 Feet (3771.8 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Ptarmigan Lake lies on Tellurium Creek above 12,000 feet in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. It is accessible by foot and hoof, due to the regions wilderness designation. The lake encompasses six surface acres and contains rainbow trout. The fishing is rated as good by the Forest Service. Tellurium Road, Forest Road 584, leads to the trailhead used to access this lake. It is a rough, four-wheel drive road with wilderness designated land on both sides.

Directions from Taylor Park Road #742: Drive to the northern end of Taylor Reservoir and continue following Forest Road 742 until you reach the junction with Forest Road #584 (four-wheel drive). Turn right on to 584 and follow it to it's end and the wilderness boundary. Park your vehicle and hike three fourths of a mile to the lake. (Please do not go off-road while using 584. The land surrounding the road is designated wilderness.)

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late June through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Dorchester Campground, Dinner Station Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Ptarmigan Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Tellurium Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Tellurium Creek Trail
ICON Bird Identification Ptarmigan Lake
ICON Plant Identification Ptarmigan Lake
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Ptarmigan Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Ptarmigan Lake

Related Activities
Dorchester Campground - Dorchester Campground is popular with off-road vehicle users. A lengthy network of motorized trails leads from the Castle Creek Valley to Taylor Reservoir.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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