Description - This state park encompasses 13,691 acres with 60 miles of shoreline and 4,646 surface acres comprising the lake. There are four recreation areas surrounding the lake.
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Lake Pueblo State Park
- The first area visitors reach from Highway 96, Arkansas Point, lies on the southern shore of the lake. In this area you'll find the park headquarters, a visitor center and a group picnic area. Arkansas Point Campground contains 95 modern campsites with electricity, a sheltered table, grill, water and flush toilets. A central building in the campground provides showers, laundry facility, and a fish cleaning station. Also in this area you'll find the South Shore Marina (privately owned), a boat ramp, the Overlook Trail and the Arkansas Point Trail.
Traveling along the eastern side of the dam you'll parallel the Dam Trail, which is a 17-mile long paved trail that leads from the South Shore Marina passes the campgrounds to the North Shore Marina. On the eastern side of the dam are the Rock Canyon and Anticline Lake areas. Rock Canyon includes a picnic ground and swimming area. Anticline Lake is known as the fishing pond. It lies south of the swimming area and includes a wooden fishing deck that is wheelchair accessible. The Pueblo River Trail leads through this area and is open for foot, horse and bicycle travel.
Following the road that leads northwest from Rock Canyon you'll pass a picnic area on the right before a road leads toward the lake and the sailboard launch area. As you continue passed this road another picnic area lies on the left side of the road.
The next area you reach will be Juniper Breaks. A visitor center is located in this area as well as the Juniper Breaks Campground. This is a primitive site with 85 campsites with access to vault toilets, tables and grills and water hydrants. Campers who use this area have access to several fishing and picnicking sites by the lake.
Traveling westward from Juniper Breaks you'll reach the Northern Plains area of the lake. Three modern campgrounds(one group site), two group picnic sites, two dump stations, a marina and visitor center exist in this area. The visitors services building provides showers, laundry facilities and a fish cleaning station. Playgrounds and fishing access' are dispersed throughout the campgrounds.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Lake Pueblo State Park are centered around the lake, although the terrain surrounding the lake supports many land-based activities. Visitors to the site may participate in fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, sailboarding and jet skiing. On the terra firma surrounding the lake activities such as hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and biking can be enjoyed.
Climate - Pueblo has one of the warmer climates in Colorado. It lies at 4,690 feet, in a semiarid landscape. The topography provides hot summers and mild winters, although Pueblo easily succumbs to cold snaps that pervade the eastern plains of the state. Generally, the winter temperatures range from the 60 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer temperatures can reach in to triple digits. Usually the daytime highs reach 90 and drop to 80 degrees at night.
This state park lies immediately west of Pueblo along State Highway 96. Pueblo Reservoir is fed by the Arkansas River and is an intricate part of the Arkansas-Fryingpan Water Distribution Project.