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Rifle Gap State Park
Lying at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the recreation opportunities at Rifle Gap State Park focus upon fishing, water sports and camping.
The biggest attraction at Rifle Gap State Park is the Rifle Gap Reservoir. The lake lies above 6,000 feet on the northern slope of the Grand Hogback formation. The lake itself is fed by West and Middle Rifle Creeks and Ward Gulch. It encompasses 359 surface-acres with the entire park including 1,540 acres.
- The biggest attraction at Rifle Gap State Park is the Rifle Gap Reservoir. The lake lies above 6,000 feet on the northern slope of the Grand Hogback formation. The lake itself is fed by West and Middle Rifle Creeks and Ward Gulch. It encompasses 359 surface-acres with the entire park including 1,540 acres.
Facilities at Rifle Gap State Park include 46 campsites that can accommodate every type of vehicle, but large RVs. Each campsite includes a table, grill and nearby water hydrant and vault toilet. The campgrounds line the northern shore of the reservoir with the boat ramp located west of them. Three picnic sites lie west of the boat ramp surrounding a swimming area.
On the southern shore of the reservoir are five day-use areas. These areas provide picnicking facilities and fishing access. Anglers can try their luck for rainbow and brown trout, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Recreation - Camping, fishing and water sports are the most popular activities for park visitors. The site also facilitates picnicking, bird watching, photography, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Climate - The lake lies at 6,000 feet in the transition zone between mountains and high plateau. The weather is mild here due to the low elevation, and four-seasons exist. Winter weather can be harsh, dumping plenty of snow on the area. Sun is the prevailing element that makes this region habitable. Summers are mild and pleasant. Although being so close to the plateaus can bring hot summer weather to the park.
Rifle Gap State Park lies 12 miles north of the town of Rifle. The lake was created immediately north of a natural gap in the Grand Hogback ridge. The ridge is considered to be the distinction between the Rocky Mountain and the Colorado Plateau Regions. The lake the transition point where Middle Rifle and West Rifle Creeks meet to form Rifle Creek.