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Sylvan Lake Campground

Elevation: 8,558 Feet (2667.7 Meters)
Number of Sites: 50
Reservation Remarks: Contact Sylvan Lake State Park or Colorado State Parks for further information.


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General Description

Sylvan Lake and the Campground
Copyright: Zander Higbie-Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Sylvan Lake and the Campground
NATURAL FEATURES
This state-owned and managed campground is located on 40 acre Sylvan Lake in a small open valley below tall red sandstone cliffs. It is 8,558 feet in elevation and surrounded by alpine scenery with forests of aspen, spruce and fir.

FACILITIES
Sylvan Lake State Park offers 50 campsites in 2 areas. All sites have picnic tables, fire rings, grills and sufficient level parking for any size RV. Loop A or Fisherman's Paradise has 14 sites, parking lot style, next to the lake. Loop B, Elk Run, has 36 sites that are more spaced out. All sites are in the open with some small trees in the park. There are 2 sets of flush toilets and a number of portable toilets for use. Drinking water is available at hydrants throughout the park and there are places for trash disposal.
There is a small boat ramp for the launching of nonmotorized or electric motor boats. Sufficient trailer parking is located next to the boat ramp.

ATTRACTIONS
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.

BOATING - Small boat use is popular on the lake, but visitors are reminded that only nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted.

HIKING TRAILS - Antones Trail, #1871, (4.0 miles) is accessible from the Powerline Road,FDR 414, a few miles up from the campground.
Sneve Gulch Trail, #1872, (2.8 miles) starts across the road from the campground, and climbs up to a saddle on Eve Mountain.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through September (NOTE: Year round cabin rentals now available by calling 1-800-678-2267) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Annual Park Pass Call for Current Fee An annual pass for a 2nd vehic
Camping Call for Current Fee Per Night. Colorado State Par
Park Pass Call for Current Fee Per Day Per Vehicle.
Large Cabin (#1) Call for Current Fee Per night up to 4 persons. Ad
Small cabins (#2-9) Call for Current Fee Per night up to two people. A



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Cabins available for rent by calling 1-800-678-2267 Updated: 2000-03-21 12:10:00.0

Open Updated: 2000-05-10 18:07:00.0


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Filed By: rudy (Port Neches, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest part was the showers were not turned on in May, when I went. Biggest reward was seeing Elk,Mule Deer, Chipmunks (best)and bear-mtn lion prints. The mtns still had snow on them and they were awesome. I suggest to bring a tent that can handle snow, or you'll spend some money on cabins.
Conditions: Little bit of snow, rain and some aspens were fallen. May flies weren't that bad...loved the trails.
Water Availability: Stores were close by. I suggest taking water or Gatorade with you and not cokes or dr peppers. The showers were not in use, they needed to be.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The scenary is breathtaking all around.The campsites are crowded except for the sites on the outside of the loops. Very popular. Be sure to make reservations during the summer. Very nice lake. The programs the rangers put on are very informative and great for the kids too.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating Sylvan Lake
Yes
ICON Camping Sylvan Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Sylvan Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Nearby trails include Sneve Gulch Trail #1872, and Antones Trail #1871.
No
ICON Scenic Driving Eagle-Thomasville Road
No



Nearby Services

All general services: Directions: 16 miles north in Eagle



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.

Beecher Loop Mountain Bike Trail - The Beecher Loop is located south of Eagle on Hardscrabble Mountain. It is a long ride which is only moderately difficult, as it follows mostly gravel road, with a four mile section of jeep trail.

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.

McKenzie Gulch Trail - This trail south of Eagle, winds from West Brush Creek up through a scenic aspen forest.

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 - Sylvan Lake, a 40 acre lake at 8,510 feet, offers non motorized boating opportunities, good fishing for brook and rainbow trout, and panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery.



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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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