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Deep Lake

Elevation: 10,462 Feet (3261.2 Meters)
Size: 37 Acres




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General Description

Deep Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Deep Lake
AREA DESCRIPTION
Deep Lake, elevation 10,462 feet, is a natural 37 acre lake with a maximum depth of 65 feet. The inlet streams, Deep Lake Springs flows in at approximately .3 cf. and Deep Creek at .2 cubic feet. The outlet stream, Deep Creek flows out at .3 cubic feet. The surrounding setting is subalpine meadows and sparse stands of spruce/fir forest.

FISHING
Deep Lake receives heavy fishing pressures for rainbow and brook trout, as well as mackinaw (lake trout). The cold waters of this lake have yielded the Colorado State Record Lake Trout at 36 pounds, 42 inches long. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks 10 inch rainbow trout on a regular basis. There is a special fishing regulation for mackinaw; one mackinaw per day less than 22 inches or greater than 34 inches may be kept.

FACILITIES
At the day use area there is a large parking area for vehicles and trailers, as well as a good gravel boat ramp. Nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake. Gasoline motors are not allowed.
Rock and mud shoals comprise 10% of the lake bottom. The lake's water temperature is extremely cold making it dangerous to stay in it for any amount of time.

From the large parking lot, there are two packed-gravel paths and four fishing platforms on the shore accessible to those forest visitors using wheelchairs. At the day use area, there are picnic tables and fire ring grills for picnics. There is also a vault toilet.

The Deep Lake Campground on the east side of the lake has 35 sites with picnic tables, fire ring grills and level gravel driveways accommodating R. V. s less than 35 feet long.

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 29 miles, take a left to go down into the day use area.

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 29 miles, take a left to go down into the day use area.

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 29 miles, take a left to go down into the day use area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: July through September (NOTE: The Coffee Pot Road generally opens by the first week of July) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Iced over Updated: 2002-01-16 09:55:00.0


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Filed By: angie hall (castlerock, co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I was in a chevrolet malibu and the road was fine well maintained until i got to the two ponds at 22 mile mark and then the road was inpassable to me in a car, snow on the road, a 4wheel drive vehicle may attempt but there is a drop off and not much road to work with. the view was breathtaking
Conditions: conditions were dry no wet roads at all,lots of sun up there!
Water Availability: had a gallon of drinking water, no water along the way
Recommended Clothing: shorts were in order for this day, there was a cool breeze.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fished on 8/19/01. Caught 15 bows from a float tube, 14-16 in, all stocked fish but still fun. Weather was excellent except for pm clouds. A beautiful lake that is worth the long drive.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating Nonmotorized boats and electric powered boats are permitted on the Deep Lake. Gasoline motors are not allowed.
Yes
ICON Camping Deep Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing rainbow, brook and lake trout in Deep Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Deep Lake
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON Picnicking Deep Lake Picnic Area
Yes



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 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 Campground - Deep Lake Campground sits on the edge of Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet. It is the largest and most popular campground on the Eagle Ranger District.

Deep Lake Picnic Ground - The Deep Lake Picnic Area consists of 5 picnic sites located on the Flat Tops, beside Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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