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LEDE Reservoir

Elevation: 9,520 Feet (2967.6 Meters)
Size: 27 Acres




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General Description

AREA DESCRIPTION
At an elevation of 9,520 feet, 27 acre LEDE Reservoir is tucked between the area's mountains in its own little valley. This 32 foot deep reservoir built in 1931 is bordered on its east side by a meadow and flanked on its western shore with a dense spruce/fir forest. The predominant reservoir bottom type is mud and silt. Gypsum Creek flows into and out of the reservoir at 2.5 cubic feet. Extreme fluctuation of the water level can be expected.

ATTRACTIONS:
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES - This reservoir offers good fishing from the shore or in small boats for rainbow trout. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks 8 - 13 inch rainbows on a regular basis.

BOATING OPPORTUNITIES - Canoes, rowboats, and other nonmotorized boats are popular for this small reservoir, but boats with small gas or electric motors can be used as well. There is a rough dirt boat ramp suitable for launching small boats and the parking lot is large enough to accommodate vehicles with trailers.

HIKING TRAILS - The Antones trail begins as an old jeep road that has been closed to motorized use at the south end of the reservoir. This trail goes up to a ridge top and then down the other side to the Powerline Road, FDR 414, near Sylvan Lake. Other trails are accessible on the way to LEDE off of Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412.

FACILITIES:
LEDE Reservoir is known as a popular camping area. Although there are no designated camp sites, camping is permitted. Camp sites must be set up a minimum of 100 feet from the water and 100 feet from the road. There is a vault toilet located behind the parking area. There is no trash service, so please pack out whatever you bring in. No fee is assessed for using this area.


Directions from Eagle: Take I-70 7 miles west of Eagle and get off at the Gypsum exit. Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, becoming Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2 - wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot for vehicles and trailers.

Directions from Vail: Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2 - wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot for vehicles and trailers.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2 - wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot for vehicles and trailers.



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


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Filed By: Robert & Orana Wood (Brighton, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: VERY Scenic, one picnic table and outhouse at the lake. Caught two nice Rainbows!
Conditions: Damp conditions, hot at times. No trees around lake. Two campsites. Rocky, red dirt.
Water Availability: No drinking water.
Recommended Clothing: Shorts during the day, pants at night.
Suggested Accessories: Fishing pole, hiking boots, change of cloths.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Canoes, rowboats, and boats with small gas or electric motors can be used on LEDE Reservoir
Yes
ICON Camping Dispersed camping at least 100 feet from the water. No developed campsites exist.
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rainbow trout in LEDE Reservoir
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Antones Trail #1871
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs LEDE Reservoir
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
No



Related Activities
Antones Trail - This trail which receives relatively low use is located south of Eagle and runs from LEDE reservoir almost to Sylvan Lake.

Gypsum Creek General Forest Area - The Gypsum Creek General Forest Area takes in the Gypsum Creek drainage south of the town of Gypsum. It includes the general area between Red Table and Hardscrabble mountains.

LEDE Reservoir Dispersed Camping Area - This popular camping area south of Gypsum has no designated or developed sites but camping is permitted at least 100 feet from the waters edge.



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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