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Sylvan Lake

Elevation: 8,510 Feet (2652.7 Meters)
Size: 40 Acres


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General Description

View over Sylvan Lake from the Eagle-Thomasville Road
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View over Sylvan Lake from the Eagle-Thomasville Road
AREA DESCRIPTION
This 40 acre, 21 foot deep state-owned lake at an elevation of 8,510 feet is surrounded by a spruce/fir forest and a panoramic view of alpine scenery. West Brush Creek flows into and out of Sylvan Lake at 2 cubic feet. The lake is part of Sylvan Lake State Park, where a daily pass is required to enter.

Two developed campgrounds with a total of 50 sites accommodating tents, trailers and campers are located on the lake's north end. A camping permit is needed to stay overnight. Ample parking for vehicles and trailers is available.

FISHING
There are excellent year-round opportunities to fish for Brook and Rainbow Trout. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks Sylvan Lake with both species. Fishing is good from the shore or from small boats. Only nonmotorized boats or electric motors are permitted on Sylvan Lake.

BOATING
Canoes, rowboats and small boats with electric motors are permitted. No gas-powered motors are allowed on Sylvan Lake. There is a good boat ramp for launching small boats from trailers and there is a large parking area for vehicles with trailers. Moss, algae and mud are the predominant bottom types for the lake.

Directions from Eagle: Follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south . Turn right onto West Brush Creek Road, FDR 400, and drive another 6 miles to Sylvan Lake. A daily pass is needed for any use of the park and campers are required to purchase a camping permit in addition. The road is kept plowed throughout the winter for ice fishing and other winter activities.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn right onto West Brush Creek Road, FDR 400, and drive another 6 miles to Sylvan Lake. A daily pass is needed for any use of the park and campers are required to purchase a camping permit in addition. The road is kept plowed throughout the winter for ice fishing and other winter activities.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn right onto West Brush Creek Road, FDR 400, and drive another 6 miles to Sylvan Lake. A daily pass is needed for any use of the park and campers are required to purchase a camping permit in addition. The road is kept plowed throughout the winter for ice fishing and other winter activities.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Iced over Updated: 2002-01-16 09:56:00.0


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Filed By: Sam (Lincoln, NE)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Love it! Scenic roads that wrap around the lake are awesome. Cabins are the best. Great place for a family reunion!
Conditions: Bats in our cabin. Park rangers were very helpful and understanding, took care of the problem and gave us a full refund!
Water Availability: Water located at cabins and at recreation areas .
Recommended Clothing: June: Short sleeves to coat and jeans. July: Sleeveless with shorts to coat with jeans. Depends on if sun is behind mountain and time of day.
Suggested Accessories: Bring your fising gear, lantern, and a sweatshirt!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating Canoes, rowboats and small boats with electric motors are permitted on Sylvan Lake.
Yes
ICON Camping Sylvan Lake Family Campground at Sylvan Lake State Park
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Sylvan Lake for Brook and Rainbow Trout.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Nearby trails include Sneve Gulch Trail #1872, and Antones Trail #1871.
Yes
ICON Hunting
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Sylvan Lake
Yes
ICON Picnicking Sylvan Lake has a day-use area with picnic tables.
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving The Eagle-Thomasville road passes Sylvan Lake.
No
ICON Viewing Scenery Sylvan Lake and surrounding area.
Yes



Related Activities
Antones Trail - This trail which receives relatively low use is located south of Eagle and runs from LEDE reservoir almost to Sylvan Lake.

Brush Creek General Forest Area - This area south of Eagle includes both the East and West Brush Creek drainages.

Eagle-Thomasville Road (ET Road) - This scenic dirt road travels from the town of Eagle, over Crooked Creek Pass, down to Thomasville, near Ruedi Reservoir.

Firebox Park Loop Mountain Bike Trail - The Firebox Park Loop is located south of Eagle, on Hardscrabble Mountain. It consists of a 4.5 mile climb on dirt road and 4 miles of mostly descent, on jeep trail.

Sneve Gulch Trail - This trail is easily accessed from Sylvan Lake State Park, south of Eagle, and provides a good view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Sylvan Lake Campground - This state-operated campground on the edge of scenic Sylvan Lake, sits at an elevation of 8,558 feet, and offers 50 campsites.



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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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