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Maid of Erin Family Picnic Ground

Elevation: 8,980 Feet (2799.3 Meters)
Number of Sites: 9
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
Recommended Season: Summer
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

A picnic site at Maid of Erin Picnic Ground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
A picnic site at Maid of Erin Picnic Ground
Maid of Erin Picnic Ground is located on the eastern shore of Turquoise Lake neighboring the Matchless Boat Ramp, Molly Brown Campground, Silver Dollar Campground and the Sugarloaf Dam. This site provides access to Turquoise Lake as well as the surrounding terrain. Recreation opportunities include, but are not limited to the following activities: fishing, water sports, canoeing, hiking & walking, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, motorcycling and horseback riding. Picnic season begins in May and continues to October. The grounds are equipped with tables, toilets, fireplaces and trash collection. Camping is prohibited in these areas. They are restricted to day-use only. All picnic grounds close at 10:00 p.m.

Directions from Leadville: From Harrison Street turn on to West Sixth Street to County Road 4. Make a right on to County Road 4, at the "T", and drive to County Road 9 and the Sugarloaf Dam Site. From the Dam turn right on to Turquoise Lake Road (County Road 9). Take your first left toward the Silver Dollar Campground. Maid of Erin Family Picnic Ground will be the first site on your left.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates may change due to weather conditions.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
ICON Boat Launching Turquoise Lake - Tabor Boat Ramp, Matchless Boat Ramp
ICON Boating Turquoise Lake
ICON Fishing Turquoise Lake
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Bear Lake Road, Hagerman Pass Road, St. Kevin Gulch
ICON Hiking & Walking Turquoise Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Timberline Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail, Hagerman Pass, St. Kevin Road, Bear Lake Road, Timberline Lake Trail
ICON Plant Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Wildflower Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Mushroom Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Animal Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Mountain Biking Dam Flats Loop; St. Kevin, Turquoise Lake Loop; Sugarloaf Mountain
ICON Motorcycle Riding Hagerman Pass, Sugarloaf Mountain Road, Bear Lake Road, St. Kevin Road
ICON Canoeing Turquoise Lake
ICON Picnicking Maid of Erin Family Picnic Ground

Related Activities
Colorado Midland-Hagerman Pass Trail - This is a moderately easy loop in the Hagerman Pass area. This is a great walk for those with an interest in railroad and western history.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

ColoradoTrail (Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users through lodgepole, spruce-fir and aspen forests. It consists of moderately difficult terrain.

Hagerman Pass - Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles.

Matchless Boat Launch - On the shores of Turquoise Lake are two paved boat ramps. Matchless Boat Ramp is located on the southeastern shore of the lake.

Native Trail - This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.

Silver Dollar Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. Thirty-nine of the Silver Dollar's sites are reservable with the capacity to house trailers up to 22'.

St. Kevin Road - St. Kevin Road can be used for many recreation opportunities. Four-wheel drivers, motorcyclists, mountain bikers and ATV riders can enjoy it during the summer months. Snowmobilers enjoy it during the winter.

Timberline Trail - This trail accesses Timberline Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. This is open to foot traffic only.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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