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Camping: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

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Dexter Point Boat Launch

Elevation: 9,190 Feet (2864.7 Meters)
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Heavy during July and August

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General Description

Dexter Point Boat Ramp on Twin Lakes
Copyright: W.A. Winkler - US Forest Service
Dexter Point Boat Ramp on Twin Lakes
Two boat ramps, one on the eastern side of the lake and one on the western side provide access to Twin Lakes Reservoir. The waters are open to boaters and regulated by state boating laws. The lake is 1,700 surface acres with a maximum depth of 70'. The waters are generally cold so if you're planning to water ski bring a wet suit.

Directions from Twin Lakes: Drive approximately 4.5 miles east of Twin Lakes Village on Highway 82. Turn right on the Dexter Campground access road. If you reach the intersection of Highway 24 and 82 you've gone too far. Drive passed the campground toward the lake to reach the boat ramp.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates will vary depending on weather conditions.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Twin Lakes Reservoir - Dexter Point Boat Ramp, Red Rooster Boat Ramp
ICON Boating Twin Lakes Reservoir
ICON Fishing Lake Creek, Mt. Elbert Forebay, Twin Lakes Reservoir
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Twin Lakes Reservoir
ICON Canoeing Twin Lakes Reservoir

Related Activities
Black Cloud Trail - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.

Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Dexter Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Dexter Campground has 24 sites that are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Echo Canyon Trail - This is a short but steep trail. Excellent opportunities for viewing high alpine scenery and wildlife.

Interlaken Interpretive Site - This trail offers an easy walk to the historic resort cabins of Interlaken. Hikers and history buffs can visit the historic Interlaken by following the Colorado Trail along the south side of the lake.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Mt. Elbert - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground - Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground is located on the northern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir east of the Mt. Elbert Power Plant. Visitors who use this facility will have access to the lakes as well as the surrounding terrain.

Parry Peak Campground - Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground including fishing, canoeing, hiking, motorcycle riding, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.

Red Rooster Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Red Rooster Boat Ramp is located on the northwestern shore of the lake.

Twin Lakes Historic Park - Interpretive panels and historic structures await those interested in the history of the west at this rest area. The surrounding terrain provides endless recreation opportunities.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

Whitestar Campground - Whitestar Family Campground is one of five campgrounds surrounding Twin Lakes Reservoir. Reservation status of the 68 campsites at Whitestar vary between first come, first serve and reservations accepted.

Willis Gulch Trail - This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination is Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake .

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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