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LEDE Reservoir Dispersed Camping Area

Elevation: 9,520 Feet (2967.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

NATURAL FEATURES
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. Extreme fluctuations of the water level can be expected.

FACILITIES
LEDE Reservoir is known as a popular camping area. Although there are no designated camp sites, it 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.

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.

Directions from Eagle: Take I-70 7 miles west of Eagle and get off at the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Access dependent upon snow) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Picnic tables and fire rings h



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:45:00.0


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Filed By: Carrie (Denver , CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We spent 3 nights in August 2010 camping at Lede. There are a few sites with firepits and tables but they will go fast in the busy summer months. The 4x4 trail accross from the lake is where the best shady camping is. There are 2-3 spots the best of which is to the right. It had 2 tables and a fire pit with a grate. Spots by the lake have no shade. The biggest downside to this location was the other campers. Loud music every night, shot guns, chopping firewood literally all night. Probably attracted to this area because there is no camping fee. If you like peace and quiet, try getting up there earlier in the week and snatching one of the very few turn off spots on the road on the way up. Also we did not see a single sign of any fish. The water level was very low. There are cows in grazing in the area and they had made their mark in the campsites.
Conditions: A beautiful drive from Gypsum. Few bugs. Not a lot of hiking trails.
Water Availability: There is the lake and a stream on the way up. Lake is pretty muddy.



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 LEDE Reservoir Dispersed Camping Area
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rainbow trout in LEDE Reservoir
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Antones Trail #1871
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 - This 27 acre, 32 foot deep reservoir, sits at the top of the Gypsum Creek valley, at an elevation of 9,520 feet .

Lost Lake Trail (Eagle Ranger District) - This trail near the upper end of the Gypsum Creek offers a good escape from other people and a scenic lake as a destination.



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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