Copyright: USDA Forest Service
At an elevation of 10,580 feet, subalpine Deep Lake Campground is on the east side of 37 acre Deep Lake. Located in a sparse spruce/fir forest, the campground has nice views of Deep Lake, the subalpine meadows surrounding and the start of Deep Creek canyon.
Deep Lake Campground is the largest and most popular campground on the Eagle Ranger District. It has 35 sites with picnic tables, fire ring grills and level gravel driveways that can generally accommodate an RV under the length of 35 feet. Deep Lake Campground offers a great variety of campsites; 12 sites are partially shaded, 23 are in the open, 5 sites are on the lake side and several sites have larger parking areas with 2 picnic tables and 2 fire rings to accommodate larger groups. There are 3 vault toilets. Trash removal is not provided, so please pack it out. Drinking water is not available. Broken Rib Spring 12.3 miles back down the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600, is a good water source, but the Forest Service does not test it regularly.
FISHING - Deep Lake receives heavy fishing pressures for the rainbow, brook and lake trout present in the lake. The Colorado Division of Wildlife does stock the lake with rainbow trout on a regular basis.
BOATING - There is a good gravel boat ramp in the day use area for the launching of
small nonmotorized boats or boats with electric motors only.
HISTORY - Ute hunting parties camped at Deep Lake in the early 1800's. President Teddy Roosevelt followed nearly a century later when his Flattops hunting party camped at the lake in 1905. Pioneer travelers on the Dotsero to Meeker wagon road rested at a hotel which was built on the lake in 1890. After the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1906, the U. S. Forest Service built a guard station on the northwest edge of Deep Lake. It has since then been removed. The historic Ute Trail is a rough 4-wheel drive road/ Trail #2031 accessible north of the lake.
Directions from Eagle: Travel 12 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north on the Colorado River for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 29 miles. Take a right to go up to the campground.
Directions from Vail: Travel 43 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north on the Colorado River for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 29 miles. Take a right to go up to the campground.
Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 34 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north on the Colorado River for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600. Stay on this road for 29 miles. Take a right to go up to the campground.
Normal Services Available:
July through September
(NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather and opening of Coffee Pot Road.)