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Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs

Arapaho National Recreation Area
Barr Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake
Bonny Lake State Park
Boyd Lake State Park
Carter Lake
Chatfield State Park
Cherry Creek State Park
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area
East Portal Reservoir
Flatiron Reservoir
Green Mountain Reservoir Recreation Area
Harvey Gap State Park
Horsetooth Reservoir
Jackson Lake State Park
Lake Estes
Lake Granby
Lake Isabel Recreation Area
Lake Pueblo State Park
Marys Lake
Paonia State Park
Pearl Lake State Park
Pinewood Lake
Ridgway State Park
Rifle Gap State Park
Ruedi Reservoir
San Luis Lakes State Park
Shadow Mountain Lake
St. Vrain State Park
Stagecoach State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park
Sweitzer Lake State Park
Sylvan Lake State Park
Trinidad Lake State Park
Turquoise Lake Recreation Area
Twin Lakes Recreation Area

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Sunset over Lake Dillon from Sapphire Point Overlook
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Sunset over Lake Dillon from Sapphire Point Overlook
Description - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.

Attractions - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities. This list includes primarily lakes and reservoirs with developed recreation facilities. Some of the most popular large reservoirs include Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Barr Lake, Lake Granby, Rifle Gap, Green Mountain, Lake Granby and Horsetooth. Pearl Lake and Sylvan Lake are two of the smaller mountain lakes included here. Many of these lakes offer adjacent campgrounds and are part of the Colorado State Parks system.

Recreation - Most of these lakes and reservoirs offer opportunities for fishing, boating, camping and picnicking. Many of the larger reservoirs offer more water sports such as swimming and water skiing. Because of the high elevations, many mountain lakes and reservoirs are frozen in the winter months and very cold even in the summer.

Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightning is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.

The winter routinely brings severe winter driving conditions with icy roads and limited visibility. Temperatures range from the 40s and 50s on the plains to well below zero in the mountains. Proper winter clothing and food is necessary to avoid hypothermia and one should be prepared to spend an unexpected night out if traveling in the backcountry or on the highways.

Location - Colorado's Lakes and Reservoirs are scattered throughout the state. Maps and driving instructions are available on the wildernet.com pages describing each lake or reservoir.

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Report: Fishing in Southern Park county. I recomend that at some point you try fishing there. There are three basic ways of fishing in South Park. Stream fishing is the easiest. One thing to note is that the branch of the South Platte River between Spinney(spin-e)Mountain Reservoir and Elevenmile Reservoir is Golden Medal water fly and lure only catch and release only. Spinney is a gold medal water which means that is fly and lure only there is no limit on pike. The reservoir is relatively easy to fish unless there is a storm unless you are in a large and strong boat get off the water as soon as possible. The Elevenmile Reservoir is not Gold Medal and is home to Kokanee salmon unlike the rest of the areas trolling cowbells A.K.A. pop-gear by the inlet is usualy the best way to get fish. The cheapest place to stay is not at the Elevenmile Campground but at the genral store by Spinney. Even if you do not stay there it is always a good idea to stop there and ask what is catching the most fish.

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Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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Colorado - Colorado's varied geography ranges from plains to mountains to deserts and offers incredible winter and summer recreation activities.


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