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Camping at Eleven Mile State Park

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Overview

Eleven Mile State Park, located in Lake George, Colorado, is a popular destination for campers looking to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The park is centered around the 3,405-acre Eleven Mile Reservoir, which offers a scenic backdrop for various recreational activities.

Camping Options

Eleven Mile State Park offers numerous camping options, including:

  • Rocky Ridge Campground: Known for its elevated views of Eleven Mile Reservoir.
  • Stoll Mountain Campground: Great for those looking to be close to the water.
  • Lazy Boy Campground: Offers a mix of shade and sun, with easy access to the water.
  • North Shore Campground: Ideal for anglers, as it's close to prime fishing spots.
  • Witcher’s Cove Campground: Often quieter and has a boat ramp nearby.

The park includes both basic campsites without electric hookups and sites with electrical service. Additionally, it features backcountry camping for those desiring a more secluded experience.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: It is highly recommended to make reservations in advance, especially during peak season. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
  • Fees: There are fees for daily park passes, campsites, and extra vehicles. Fees vary based on site type and amenities provided.

Park Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Safety: Fire restrictions may be in place depending on the time of year and current conditions. Always check before having a campfire.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a safe distance from wildlife.
  • Weather: Be prepared for rapid weather changes and bring appropriate clothing for cold nights, even in summer.
  • Altitude: The park is at a high altitude, so take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Water Safety: If participating in water activities, always wear a life jacket and be aware of the risks of cold water and winds.

Activities and Amenities

Fishing: Eleven Mile Reservoir is famous for trout fishing year-round, including ice fishing in the winter.

Boating: There are boat ramps available for those looking to get out on the water. Ensure to follow state regulations regarding invasive species and boating safety.

Hiking and Biking: The park offers trails for hikers and mountain bikers to explore the diverse landscapes.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to various wildlife including elk, deer, and bald eagles, which can often be spotted around the park.

Winter Recreation: In the colder months, visitors can enjoy ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Campers should be mindful that cell service can be limited.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash.
  • Always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the park's natural environment.

Contact Information and Location

For the most current information, contacting the park directly is advisable:

  • Park Office: Available for inquiries about conditions, regulations, and other specific questions.
  • Website: The official Colorado State Parks website provides comprehensive details and online reservations.
  • Location: The park address is 4229 County Road 92, Lake George, CO 80827. It's approximately a 2-hour drive from Colorado Springs.

Visiting Eleven Mile State Park offers an outdoor experience with diverse activities suitable for all types of campers, from families to serious anglers and adventurers.

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