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Fishing: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

Quick Facts

Chalk Lake

Elevation: 8,700 Feet (2712.0 Meters)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 130
Recommended Season: Fall
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Chalk Lake with Fishing
Copyright: Chadwick Lange - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Chalk Lake with Fishing
Chalk Lake is located in the Chalk Creek drainage on County Road 162 southwest of Buena Vista. Mt. Princeton, Chalk Lake, Cascade and Iron City Campgrounds are located within close proximity to the lake. This site is popular for trout fishing, as well as hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.

Directions from Nathrop: Drive west 7 miles on County Road 162 from Nathrop. Chalk Lake is located .25 miles west of Chalk Lake Campground on the southern side of road 162.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round (NOTE: open year round) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jeff Chamberlain (Midlothian, Tx)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been to Chalk Lake and the surrounding wilderness at least 10 times in my life. It is a wonderful place to visit. If you come during the right times of the year, i.e, not a major holiday weekend, you feel as if the entire vally belongs to you. Chalk lake is a great place to fish for trout and totally awesopme when frozen over during spring break.

Filed By: scoutsol
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Unlike the previous visitor, I had a very nice time at the lake. I camped in nearby Chalk Lake campground, (fantastic) walked over, and with in an hour had two dinner sized trout. The bugs came out at dusk, but that's to be expected.
Conditions: The lake is small, but with only one other family fishing, I felt like I had the lake to myself.
Suggested Accessories: I cought my fish casting Panther Martins near the end of the day. Plenty were sipping but I had the best luck casting into the weedier rockier areas.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: No Camp spots open near Lake. Lot's of people. Lake is small and does not support the fish stocked for very long. Dust from road is high. the area is extremely dry. Campfires forbidden. Mosiquitoes fairly thick at times. Bring Repellent, plan on lines at the outhouses and hope the Forestry can service them while you are there. They only serviced the outhouses when they were full to the top! Disgusting. What has happened to This AREA? Used to be picture perfect. Hope it will again someday. signed, Saddened Chalk Lake visitor

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Chalk Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing Chalk Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Chalk Lake - Narrow Gauge Trail
ICON Plant Identification Chalk Lake
ICON Animal Identification Chalk Lake
ICON Bird Identification Chalk Lake
ICON Mushroom Identification Chalk Lake
ICON Mountain Biking Chalk Lake - Narrow Gauge Trail

Related Activities
Cascade Campground - Cascade Family Campground is located in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. A plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities are accessible from this site.

Colorado Trail (Chalk Creek to Highway 50) - Segment 14 of the Colorado Trail extends 20 miles south from Chalk Creek Road to Highway 50 west of Maysville. This portion of the trail is open to foot, horse and bike traffic.

Mt.princeton Campground - Mt. Princeton Campground is partially wooded with Ponderosa pine, aspen and cedar trees. The campground has 17 sites.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591


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