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Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir Fishing Site

Elevation: 9,675 Feet (3015.9 Meters)
Other Maps: Pikes Peak Atlas

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General Description

This trail to the reservoir is less than .5 miles one way and open to fishermen only. You must have a fishing license and rod to use the trail. The lake is 83 acres and used for drinking water in Colorado Springs. For these reasons many special rules apply to this site. The lake shores are patrolled by Department of Wildlife employees and a resident caretaker regularly.

Directions from Colorado Springs: Begin at the intersection of Penrose Boulevard and Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. Take Old Stage Road (FDR 368) 6.5 miles from there to Gold Camp Road (FDR 370). Travel 5 miles on Gold Camp Road to the trailhead.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Chris Roberts (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Park in the fist large parking lot on your right. If you go farther you will come to a bunch of city property that is fenced off if you try to go off the main road. Unfortunately the parking lot has no markings. There are no signs until you start to go down the trail. There is actually a mens/womens outhouse about halfway down the trail. The reservoir was a great place to go, I will be back.
Conditions: I just went for a couple hours in the early morning. It was cold but warmed up as the sun rose. The scenery can't be beat.
Water Availability: no water sources along the way, just the bathrooms

Filed By: will h (colorado springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the only thing i can say is there are no dogs allowed on the trail head or near the water but people cant read the signs i guess cuz they dtill bring there dogs..leave them home!!!!
Conditions: snow rain wind bring ext stuff you never know what will happen
Water Availability: gal of water
Recommended Clothing: bring ext cloths
Suggested Accessories: snacks

Filed By: Joe Philly (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The pull off for the parking is right after the camping sign, then the hike down the trail begins and you will not see the sign for the reservoir until you start your decent. No bait is allowed, lures and flies only. We went with the suggestion of pistol pete's but they did not work. We also used tasmanian devils and they worked well.
Conditions: Yes, the trail is not easy for most people but it is short with loose gravel and not stable for some. Around the reservoir is easy walking for the most part. Several places to cast without losing your tackle.
Recommended Clothing: Layer, layer, layer, be prepared for the heat, the cold, and the rain. Sun and bug protection should be on hand as well.

Filed By: Paul Ormesher (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Filed By: Nathan Raugutt (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As you're going down Gold Camp Rd (FSR 370), look for the shot up sign, this is the only access to the reservoir. Fishing is prohibited from the dam and near the caretaker cabin. The most unpleasant surprise was that DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED! This is not posted near the parking area, in the 2009 CDOW fishing regulations, or near the trailhead. We even tried calling to find out, to no avail. By the time you get to the regulation posting, you're 100 yards from your car and have descended about 75'. No other surprises, a beautiful place to fish. This will also be a great place for fall fishing with all its Aspen stands.
Conditions: Visited on 6-13-09. The first 120-200 yards of the hike are fairly steep, but the footing is firm. It's been raining heavily for the past month, but no major issues either with the road going up, or the trail to the reservoir.
Recommended Clothing: As with any time of year in Colorado, wear layers. I went from shrimp boots with wool socks and a fleece jacket to a Long-sleeve tee and sandals in about an hour. We arrived about 8 am, left about noon.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fishing is usually good here. The rainbows (10-16 inches)are being caught using Tasmanian Devils, Devil Dogs, and Pistol Pete's (black). Great place for kids to fish if they can cast!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir

Related Activities
Foresters Trail - Foresters Trail, #701, is open to foot, bike and motorized traffic. Located in the beautiful Cheyenne Canyon, this trail leads to or begins in the Frosty Park area.

St. Mary's Falls Trail - St. Mary`s Falls cascades 250-300 feet down a solid granite wall and is about 1.6 miles from Gold Camp Road. The elevation of the falls is 8,880'.

St. Peter's Dome Trail - Historically this trail was famous for the view of the city gained by climbing an iron stairway to the top of St. Peter's Dome.

Wye Campground - Wye campground is located approximately 13 miles southwest of Colorado Springs and 1.5 miles east of the Penrose/Rosemont Reservoir. The campground has 21 camp sites and parking spaces for 21 vehicles.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pikes Peak Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 601 South Weber Street , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 719-636-1602, Fax: 719-477-8273


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