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Fishing: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Swale Lake Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
Length: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Road Number: 374
USGS Maps: Beaver Creek Reservoir, Elwood Pass
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

This road switches back and forth through the old Park Creek burn which burned 600 acres in 1960. You can see how the new young forest has established itself. Just before you get back to the Park Creek Road, you will pass Swale Lake. At this time, there are no fish in this lake, but it is planned to fix the dam and stock the lake in the future. It is now a pretty spot for a picnic or a camping spot.

Directions from South Fork, Colorado: Go west on U.S. Highway 160 for about 7 1/2 miles to the Park Creek Road #380. Turn south on Road #380 and go about 7 miles to Forest Road #374. Follow the main #374 road until it takes you back to the Park Creek Road #380.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Swale Lake is a pretty spot
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Swale Lake Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON ATV Riding Unlicensed vehicles allowed on FR 374
ICON Motorcycle Riding Unlicensed vehicles allowed on FR 374
ICON Picnicking Swale Lake is a pretty spot

Related Activities
Park Creek Campground - Wolf Creek Pass is 9.5 miles from the campground and the south fork of the Rio Grande and Park Creek are accessible for fishing. The facilities have 13 sites.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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