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Deep Lake Campground

Capacity: 225 People
Elevation: 10,580 Feet (3298.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 35
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted


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General Description

Deep Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Deep Lake
NATURAL FEATURES
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.

FACILITIES
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.

ATTRACTIONS:
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.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: July through September (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather and opening of Coffee Pot Road.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee includes vault toilets



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:44:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating 37 acre, Deep Lake
Yes
ICON Camping Deep Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fishing for rainbow, brook, and lake trout in Deep Lake
Yes



Nearby Services

Showers: Motel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swimming Po (Private - Profit) Directions: 49 miles in Eagle

Gas Station: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 42 miles in Gypsum

Groceries: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 42 miles in Gypsum

Hotel/Motel: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 49 miles in Eagle

Nearest Hospital: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 47 miles in Glenwood Springs

Information Station: Co-op of Town, USFS, BLM, DOW, Historical Society (Other Local) Directions: 49 miles in Eagle

Laundry: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 49 miles in Eagle

Nearest Pay Phone: Regional (Private - Profit) Directions: 42 miles in Gypsum

Restaurants: Local, Regional, and National Chains (Private - Profit) Directions: 42 miles in Gypsum, 49 miles in Eagle, 47 miles in Glenwood Springs

Showers: Motel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swiming Poo (Private - Profit) Directions: 49 miles in Eagle



Related Activities
Coffee Pot Road - The Coffee Pot Road, a gravel road which climbs over 4000 feet from the Colorado River, up onto the Flat Tops to Deep Lake, is a main access point for the south end of the Flat Tops.

Deep Lake - Deep Lake is a natural 37 acre lake at an elevation of 10,462 feet. Nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on this cold water lake.

Deep Creek Overlook - This spectacular overlook of Deep Creek Canyon is located just off the Coffee Pot Road and is wheelchair accessible by the Deep Creek Overlook Trail.

Deep Lake Picnic Ground - The Deep Lake Picnic Area consists of 5 picnic sites located on the Flat Tops, beside Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet.

Deep Lake/Heart Lake Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road - This series of four wheel drive roads travel through the Deep Lake and Heart Lake areas on the Flat Tops, northwest of Dotsero.

Heart Lake - 480 acre Heart Lake sits on the Flat Tops, northwest of Eagle, at an elevation of 10,708 feet.

South Fork Trail (Blanco Ranger District) - The trail follows the South Fork of the White River for close to 26 miles and is almost completely within the Flat Tops Wilderness. It links to several other trails in the area.

Ten Mile Park Four-Wheel Drive Road - These scenic roads to the north of Deep Creek provide a good area for four- wheel driving, motorcycling, or mountain biking.

The Flat Tops Area - The area discussed here consists of the south end of the Flat Tops, accessed by the Coffee Pot Road, which provides a vast area for multiple outdoor recreation activities.

Trappers Lake Trail - This trail leads from south of Trappers Lake, up Fraser Creek and up onto the Flat Tops Plateau. It continues across the Flat Tops Wilderness to Indian Camp Pass, north of Deep Lake.

Upper Short Creek Trail - This trail is located in the Deep Lake area of the Flat Tops.

Wagonwheel Trail - This Flat Tops trail travels down Wagonwheel Creek ending at Budges Resort, on the South Fork of the White River.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., P.O. Box 720 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-6388, Fax: 970-328-6448

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