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Sweetwater Lake Campground

Capacity: 50 People
Elevation: 7,740 Feet (2412.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 10
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Sweetwater Campground and Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Sweetwater Campground and Lake
NATURAL FEATURES
Sweetwater Campground, elevation 7,740 feet, is on the south end of 72 acre, Sweetwater Lake. The vegetation surrounding the campground and the sites is scrub oak, serviceberry, wild rose and willow. High limestone cliffs tower above the area on two sides.

FACILITIES
Sweetwater Campground has 10 partially shaded campsites with picnic tables and fire ring grills. This campground has small sites, some of which can not accommodate tents. Four sites have no room for RVs but 6 sites can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet long. There are two vault toilets and drinking water is available 1/4 mile up the road from the campground at a hydrant on the roadside. Trash cans are provided for garbage disposal. There is a dock to fish from, but there is no public boat ramp. Sweetwater Campground is the only public access to Sweetwater Lake.

ATTRACTIONS
TRAILS - There are three popular hiking and horseback riding trails beginning at the
end of the campground.
The Ute Trail, #2031, (9.4 miles) goes up to Deep Lake on the Flattops.
The Cross Creek Trail, #1855, (6.5 miles) travels through sagebrush flats full of wildflowers and aspen forests to the Sweetwater Trail, #1854.
The short Scenic Overlook trail, (500 yards) has nice views of the lake and a waterfall.

FISHING - Sweetwater Lake offers good fishing from the shore or small boats for brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee salmon.

BOATING - Canoes and rowboats are popular on this lake, but some electric motors
are used. No gasoline-powered motors are allowed on Sweetwater Lake.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 12 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to Dotsero. Go north on Colorado River Road for 7 miles. Turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on road for 10 miles, then turn left at the sign for Sweetwater Campground.

Directions from Vail: Travel 43 miles west on I-70 to Dotsero. Go north on Colorado River Road for 7 miles. Turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on road for 10 miles, then turn left at the sign for Sweetwater Campground.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 43 miles west on I-70 to Dotsero. Go north on Colorado River Road for 7 miles. Turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on road for 10 miles, then turn left at the sign for Sweetwater Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through October (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather conditions.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Includes water and vault toile



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:46:00.0


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Filed By: Deepwoods
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A nice campground. The info above is out of date, there is one well maintained vault toilet and a dumpster for garbage. Turn left just before the entrance to the Sweetwater Lake Resort to access the campground. Regulars bring canoes to fish the rainbows in the lake. If you are into horses, trail rides are available from an outfitter located next to the resort. Follow the road about 1½ miles further up the valley to access the trailhead for the sweetwater trail and turret creek trail.
Conditions: Were there in late August 2005. It was dry and warm, a very few mosquitos at dusk. There are lots of pebbles to remove to pitch a tent.
Water Availability: Water is available at the adjacent Sweetwater Lake Resort. The owners are pleasant folks.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating Nonmotorized or electric powered boats on Sweetwater Lake
Yes
ICON Camping Sweetwater Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Sweetwater Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking The numerous nearby trails include Cross Creek #1855, Turret Creek #1832, Nellie's #1839, and Sweetwater #1854.
No
ICON Horseback Riding The numerous nearby trails include Cross Creek #1855, Turret Creek #1832, Nellie's #1839, and Sweetwater #1854.
No
ICON Resort Lodging Various Resorts and Guest Ranches
Yes
ICON Canoeing Sweetwater Lake
Yes
ICON Picnicking Sweetwater Lake Campground
Yes



Nearby Services

Restaurants: Local, Regional, and National Chains (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles southeast in Gypsum, 39 miles southeast in Eagle

Gas Station: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles southeast in Gypsum.

Groceries: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles southeast in Gypsum.

Hotel/Motel: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 39 miles southeast in Eagle.

Nearest Hospital: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 37 miles southwest in Glenwood Springs

Information Station: Co-op of Town, USFS, DOW, BLM, and Historical Soci (Other Local) Directions: 39 miles southeast in Eagle.

Laundry: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 39 miles southeast in Eagle.

Nearest Pay Phone: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 32 miles southeast in Gypsum.

Restaurants: Local, Regional, and National Chains (Private - Profit st in Glenwood Springs.) Directions: 32 miles southeast in Gypsum, 39 miles southeast in Eagle

Showers: Motel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swimming Po (Private - Profit) Directions: 39 miles in Eagle



Related Activities
Cross Creek Trail - This trail, good for either hiking or horseback riding, begins near Sweetwater Lake and ties into the Sweetwater trail #1854.

Nellie's Trail - This relatively short and steep trail in the Sweetwater area leads from the Turret Creek Trail #1852, to the Johnny Meyers Trail #2067.

Sweetwater General Forest Area - The Sweetwater General Forest Area includes the Sweetwater Creek drainage, northwest of Eagle and Gypsum. It takes in the southeast end of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Sweetwater Lake - Sweetwater is a natural 72 acre lake at 7,709 feet , popular for fishing, boating and camping.

Sweetwater Trail - This scenic trail travels up Sweetwater and Dry Sweetwater Creeks in the Flat Tops area north of Dotsero. It accesses the east side of the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Turret Creek Trail - Beginning in the Sweetwater Lake area, this trail provides good access to the Flat Tops Wilderness, and is popular for foot or horseback travel.



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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