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Whitestar Campground

Capacity: 680 People
Elevation: 9,197 Feet (2866.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 68
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted at 49 Site



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General Description

A Whitestar Campsite overlooking Twin Lakes
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
A Whitestar Campsite overlooking Twin Lakes
There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Campsites at Dexter, Parry Peak and Twin Peaks Campgrounds are first come, first serve. Around the lakes, camping is permitted only in campgrounds. Each campground has a manager to assist you with your needs. All campgrounds are equipped with drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and trash collection. An RV dump station is available near White Star Campground.

Directions from Twin Lakes: Drive approximately 1.5 miles east from Twin Lakes Village on Highway 82. The turn off for the Whitestar Campground will be on the left side of the highway. The campground is on the northern shore of the Twin Lakes Reservoir.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates vary depending on weather conditions.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee All campgrounds are equipped w



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful views of the mountains and lake. Loop next to lake always full and noisy, but next loop up (Sage?) is a lot quieter. Site 33 has awesome views and has alot of room. The farthest site up the hill was completely empty. Great for tents.
Conditions: Great weather, no bugs, stars shine like crazy. The resevoir is fun to boat and I know a guy who regularly catches 35" and up mackinac trout!
Water Availability: We brought our own in, but I know there are spouts throughout the campground.

Filed By: Larry
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Pretty nice campground that is very close to the lakes and has outstanding vies from most sites. There are 3 different loops here, the Sage loop is closest to the lake, but is also the most open and crowded, lots of RVers there. Ridge loop is really for tents (Though a couple idiots cramed full size RVs into a few sites) and has good privacy and sites. Several sites, including the walk ins, on the south side have outstanding views, you are right up on a ridge and overlook the lake (and unfortunately the RV masses below) and have outstanding views of the mountians. The 3rd loop is the valley loop and is probalby teh least crowded. Nothing really special about this loop, its nice but is also close to Hwy 82. Positives for this place are the views and/or location. Negatives are that it is pretty busy place. I don't know if we stayed on a bad weekend or what, but there were lots of rather loud people, with dogs barking and unsupervised kids running all over the place, not to mentino stereos blarring. The facilities in the Sage loop were good, but those in the Ridge were a bit outdated, especially considering the price. Overall though if you can mind the noise (or camp as far away from the Sage loop as possible) the views and location more than make it a great place. Oh yes, the hosts were very nice and friendly and offered several suggestions on fishing and things to do.
Conditions: Not many bugs suprisingly, considering the proximity to water. Sage loop sites are mostly open, Ridge loop is more treed, with some sites (mostly on the south side that are on the ridge) being fairly open. Valley loop had a mix.
Water Availability: Water available, though the pump in the ridge loop didn't seem to work, but the sage loop had nice new non-pump water spouts. Firewood available from hosts ($5) and the facilites were pit toilets with newer ones in sage loop, and older but decent ones in Ridge loop.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Twin Peaks campground has some awesome hike in campsites for tent users. RIGHT ON on the river and very isolated! Very serene & beautiful, but only for the hearty - it is a hike in!
Conditions: Sun and shade at campsite 35 & 36 with a nice little creek runing by as well as the River.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a very pretty campground. You have a great view of the lake. There were hardly any people, especially during memorial day week. The wildlife sounds are there if you listen at night, (coyotes, etc--but not near) and the sky at night lights up like fire in the sky (just let your eyes adjust) I would HIGHLY recommend this campsite. We come here every year. Great for small kids too.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camped here 9/10/00. Not crowded at all and good tree cover. It's a short walk/drive to the lake. All the sites appear to have tent pads (I prefer grass). Recommendation would be neutral-nil if it was crowded.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: For tent campers, this campground is like camping in a trailer park. No sites are near the lake, only a few even have a view of it. Didn't see any sites with ANY privacy.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Boat Launching Twin Lakes Reservoir - Dexter Point Boat Ramp, Red Rooster Boat Ramp
Yes
ICON Boating Twin Lakes Reservoir
Yes
ICON Family Camping Whitestar Family Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Whitestar Family Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Whitestar Family Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Whitestar Family Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Whitestar Campground
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Independence Pass, Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway
Yes
ICON History Interlaken Historic Site, Twin Lakes Village Historic Site
Yes
ICON Fishing Lake Creek, Mt. Elbert Forebay, Twin Lakes Reservoir
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayres Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Willis Gulch Trail, Black Cloud Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Hope Pass Trail, Independence Pass Trail, Interlaken Trail, Lily Ponds Trail, South Mt. Elbert Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Big Willis Gulch Trail, Black Cloud Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Hope Pass Trail, Independence Pass Trail, Interlaken Trail, Lily Ponds Trail, South Mt. Elbert Trail
Yes
ICON Big Game Hunting Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
No
ICON Small Game Hunting Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
No
ICON Bird Identification Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
No
ICON Mushroom Identification Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Twin Lakes Reservoir
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Lost Canyon Road, Flume Gulch Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayres Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road, Interlaken Loop, Mt. Elbert Creek - one way, Mt. Elbert Creek/Pipeline Loop
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayres Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lost Canyon Road, Flume Gulch Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayres Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
No
ICON General Information Elbert Power Plant Visitor Center
No
ICON Canoeing Twin Lakes Reservoir
Yes
ICON Picnicking Twin Lakes Reservoir - Dexter Point Picnic Grounds, Mt. Elbert Picnic Grounds, Twin Lakes Historic Park Picnic Grounds
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Independence Pass, Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway
Yes
ICON Road Biking Independence Pass Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Independence Pass Road, Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway
Yes
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Twin Lakes Village
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
Yes



Related Activities
Big Mac Fishing Site - Big Mac Fishing Site is located on the northern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir near the Mt. Elbert Power Plant and Visitor Center. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and visitors will find fair to good fishing.

Black Cloud Trail - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.

Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Colorado Trail (Twin Lakes to Clear Creek Rd.) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads from Twin Lakes Reservoir to Clear Creek Road. It is a popular segment that is used by many runners training for the long-distance foot race the Leadville 100.

Dexter Point Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Dexter Point Boat Ramp is located on the northeastern shore of the lake.

Interlaken Interpretive Site - This trail offers an easy walk to the historic resort cabins of Interlaken. Hikers and history buffs can visit the historic Interlaken by following the Colorado Trail along the south side of the lake.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Parry Peak Campground - Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground including fishing, canoeing, hiking, motorcycle riding, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.

Red Rooster Angler Parking - Red Rooster Fishing Site is located on the southwestern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and visitors will find fair to good fishing.

Red Rooster Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Red Rooster Boat Ramp is located on the northwestern shore of the lake.

South Fork Lake Creek Road - South Fork Lake Creek (Forest Road 391) begins at Highway 82 about 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village and ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary.

Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway - The Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway was designated in September, 1993. From this byway recreational opportunities are plentiful.

Twin Lakes General Forest Area - The Twin Lakes are located on Highway 82, approximately 20 miles south of Leadville. This area offers a wide range of attractions, including fishing, boating, camping and scenic driving.

Twin Lakes Historic Park - Interpretive panels and historic structures await those interested in the history of the west at this rest area. The surrounding terrain provides endless recreation opportunities.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

Willis Gulch Trail - This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination is Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake .



More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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