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

Quick Facts

Deer Lakes

Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Deer Lakes lies west of Lake City along Forest Service Road 788. The Deer Lakes Campground is located in the immediate vicinity of the lakes. There is also easy access to the Powderhorn and La Garita Wilderness areas from Deer Lakes. The lakes are a series of small, man-made reservoirs that offer good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout.

Directions from Lake City: Drive south about ten miles on Highway 149 toward Creede. Turn left at the Slumgullion Campground onto Forest Road 788 and travel three miles to Deer Lake Campground. Turn left and follow the road about one mile to Deer Lakes.

Seasonal Information:
Recreation Season: June through September .

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Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Larry Westmoreland (Lake City, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Excellent day trip or camping. We fish there every year. A great place to teach youngsters. All the lakes are great. Fish Colorado style not Texas Black Bass.
Conditions: Has always been warm and cloudy. Usally a nice breeze. Parts are handicap accessible.
Water Availability: Bring water or drinks. Has a hand pump but not enough for a bath. Has good bathrooms.
Recommended Clothing: Normal campingor fishing clothes. Might need some cover from the sun and bring a hat.
Suggested Accessories: Fishing gear you bet and sun screen. Cameras to take pictures of your fish, the Moose, deer, bears and other wild life.

Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Dispersed Camping Deer Lakes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Deer Lakes
ICON Animal Identification Deer Lakes
ICON Bird Identification Deer Lakes
ICON Plant Identification Deer Lakes
ICON Wildflower Identification Deer Lakes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Deer Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery Deer Lakes

Related Activities
Deer Lakes Campground - Anglers will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Deer Lakes located next to this site. Great opportunities for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding can be found in the wilderness areas east of Deer Lakes Campground.

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Visitor Information:

Taylor River/Cebolla Ranger Districts, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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