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Sylvan Lake State Park
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Sylvan Lake State Park
Description - Sylvan Lake lies 16 miles south of Eagle among the lands of the White River National Forest. This is a 1427 acre park with a 40 surface-acre lake as the focus of activity. One of western Colorado's best kept secrets, Sylvan Lake State Park is a haven for those who love the outdoors.

Attractions - Sylvan Lake lies 16 miles south of Eagle among the lands of the White River National Forest. This is a 1427 acre park with a 40 surface-acre lake as the focus of activity. This park is described as peaceful, quiet and a gem.

It has two campgrounds on the northwestern shore that provide tables and grills at each site, plus access to water, showers and vault toilets. A group site is available for reservations. There are nine rustic cabins and three yurts that are available to rent on site, too. The public lands of the White River National Forest provide access to hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, for visitors to the park.

Recreation - The focus of activity at this park is Sylvan Lake. It is stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Anglers may use electrically-powered or non-motorized boats on Sylvan Lake. During the winter months visitors enjoy ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Sylvan Lake is located among the lands of the White River National Forest south of Eagle. Brush Creek Road provides access to the lake and the land that surrounds it. The Sawatch Mountain range lies to the east of Sylvan Lake providing a beautiful backdrop.


TO SYLVAN LAKE, CABINS, CAMPSITES: Take I-70 to Eagle (Exit 147). Turn south and at roundabout take first right. Turn left on Broadway, left on 5th St, right on Capitol. At stop sign, turn left then take first right on Brush Creek Road. Travel south for 10 miles. Visitor Center is on left. At fork in road, stay right and travel 5 miles to the lake, campground and cabins.

TO BRUSH CREEK YURTS: follow above directions until fork in road. Take left fork and travel 4 ½ miles. The Yurts are on left at the top of the switchbacks.

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Filed By: Carrie (Denver , CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We visited the park in August 2010. The campground was PACKED and had no shade! Tents were on hard ground packed in with RV sites. Looked like miserable camping. The lake is pretty but it is a LONG walk to any decent fishing spots and there were about 10 boats on the lake with people fishing in the middle of the day on a Saturday. Wish we would have kept our $6 entry fee for our car in our pockets.

Filed By: Samantha (Elkhorn , NE)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely beautiful. We have our family reunion there every year. The cabins are the way to go, if you don't mind no electricy or running water. They're rustic, yet modern, and kept up VERY well. We plan to get married on the lake. Great place to spend your family vacation!

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Place is beautifull fishing is great with power bait large rainbows are being caught awesome scenery nice place to go and get away!!@!@

Filed By: Aurora Barreto,Brett Cox (New Orleans, La.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful landscapes,quiet,secluded. There is a great mountain road from the camp that goes to a beautiful meadow, but be careful the mountain road is rough and narrow.! Camp ranger is fantastic,Earl and Mitch!

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very beautiful area.Some camp sites crowded. Sites on outside of loops more private. Very few trees. Pretty lake. Ranger programs very informative. Popular. During the summer, reservations recommended.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We visited this park with our young children last summer (2000) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is beautiful and peaceful. The Park Rangers had activities for children of all ages. As with all parks, I wish they did not allow RV's--the only real noise that bothered us was an RV generator of sorts that ran for a long time.

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Contact Information:
Sylvan Lake State Park, 10200 Brush Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1475 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-2021, Fax: 970-328-2778
, sylvan.lake.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - 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.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Eagle Area - The Eagle Area includes the lower Eagle River Valley in western Eagle County, Colorado. The area is approximately 135 miles west of Denver, between Vail and Glenwood Springs.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.

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