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Quick Facts

White Owl Campground

Capacity: 25 People
Elevation: 10,680 Feet (3329.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 7
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Looking over the south end of the Flat Tops
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Looking over the south end of the Flat Tops
NATURAL FEATURES
White Owl Campground is located on 21 acre White Owl Lake at 10,680 feet in elevation. The surrounding landscape is small hills and typical subalpine meadows with sparse stands of spruce/fir forest.

FACILITIES
White Owl Campground is the least developed of the campgrounds on the Eagle Ranger District. It has six sites. Three sites are to the right of the vault toilet and are in the open meadow. These sites are designated only with a fire ring, but they are good for vehicles and trailers under 30 feet long. The other three partially shaded sites accessible by a rough road are to the left. Two of those have picnic tables as well as fire rings. The vault toilet has an accessible ramp from the small day use parking lot for those Forest visitors with disabilities.
There is no trash disposal or drinking water. Broken Rib Spring 10.1 miles back down the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600 is a good source of water, but it is not tested regularly by the Forest Service.

ATTRACTIONS:
FISHING - White Owl Lake receives moderate fishing pressure for brook trout
from the shore or small boats. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks brook trout.

4-WHEEL DRIVE ROADS - There are a number of 4-wheel drive roads for use
by jeeps, ATVs and motorcycles around the Heart Lake and Deep Lake area. FDR 618, 632, 641, 642, 643, 644 and 645 are all popular, but please stay on the roads. The subalpine meadows are fragile and do not recover quickly from off-road use.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 12 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns, turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Go 1.8 miles, turning left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 27 miles, turning left at the sign for the campground.

Directions from Vail: Travel 43 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns, turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Go 1.8 miles, turning left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 27 miles, turning left at the sign for the campground.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 34 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns, turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Go 1.8 miles, turning left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 27 miles, turning left at the sign for the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: July through October (NOTE: seasons vary due to weather and opening of Coffee Pot Road) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Includes vault toilet/title>



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:48:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping White Owl Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Brook Trout in White Owl Lake, as well as fishing in nearby Heart and Deep lakes and surrounding streams
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Nearby roads FDR 618, 632, 641, 642, 643, 644 and 645 are all popular.
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Nearby trails include Wagonwheel Trail #2049, and Upper Short Creek Trail #1852
Yes



Nearby Services

Gas Station: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 40 miles in Gypsum

Groceries: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 47 miles in Eagle

Hotel/Motel: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 47 miles in Eagle or 45 miles in Glenwood Springs

Nearest Hospital: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 45 miles in Glenwood Springs

Information Station: Co-op of Town, USFS, BLM, DOW, and Historical Soci (Other Local) Directions: 47 miles in Eagle

Laundry: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 47 miles in Eagle

Nearest Pay Phone: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 40 miles in Gypsum

Restaurants: Local, Regional, and National Chains (Private - Profit) Directions: 40 miles in Gypsum, 47 miles in Eagle, 45 miles in

Showers: Motel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swimming Po (Private - Profit) Directions: 47 miles in Eagle



Related Activities
Coffee Pot Road - The Coffee Pot Road, a gravel road which climbs over 4000 feet from the Colorado River, up onto the Flat Tops to Deep Lake, is a main access point for the south end of the Flat Tops.

Deep Lake - Deep Lake is a natural 37 acre lake at an elevation of 10,462 feet. Nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on this cold water lake.

Deep Creek General Forest Area - The Deep Creek General Forest Area is located northwest of Eagle on the southern end of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The area is accessed mainly by the Coffee Pot Road.

Deep Lake/Heart Lake Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road - This series of four wheel drive roads travel through the Deep Lake and Heart Lake areas on the Flat Tops, northwest of Dotsero.

Heart Lake - 480 acre Heart Lake sits on the Flat Tops, northwest of Eagle, at an elevation of 10,708 feet.

The Flat Tops Area - The area discussed here consists of the south end of the Flat Tops, accessed by the Coffee Pot Road, which provides a vast area for multiple outdoor recreation activities.

Upper Short Creek Trail - This trail is located in the Deep Lake area of the Flat Tops.

Wagonwheel Trail - This Flat Tops trail travels down Wagonwheel Creek ending at Budges Resort, on the South Fork of the White River.

White Owl Lake - White Owl is a 21 acre natural lake located on the Flat Tops at an elevation of 10,680 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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