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Steamboat Lake State Park
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Steamboat Lake State Park
Description - Steamboat Lake is a 2,557 acre park among the mountains of the western Routt National Forest. The focal point of the park is 1,053 surface-acre Steamboat Lake, which is fed by Deep Creek, Dutch Creek, Floyd Creek, Larson Creek and Willow Creek. The elevation of the lake is above 8,000 feet.

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The facilities at Steamboat Lake State Park lie mostly on the northwestern shore. Three campgrounds provide 183 sites for visitors. The Sunrise Vista Campground includes 103 sites with grills, tables and water hydrants and vault toilets nearby. The Dutch Hill Campground provides tables, grills, water and vault toilets. It also has a camper services building nearby with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Each site at the Bridge Island Campground has a grill, table and access to water and vault toilets.

There are three boat ramps on the lake and a full-service marina. The marina provides boat, slip and wet and dry suit rentals along with camping and fishing accessories. Placer Cove is a day-use area on the eastern shore of the lake that has an interpretive trail, boat ramp and lake access.

Recreation - Most of the recreation opportunities in the park revolve around Steamboat Lake. Fishing is excellent for trout. Boaters can enjoy water skiing and sailing. (A full wet or dry suit is recommended for water-contact sports due to the cold temperature of the water.) Swimming and jet skiing are also popular at the park. Visitors will enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing within the park boundaries.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Steamboat Lake State Park is located 26 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Road 129. It is immediately across the Road 129 from Pearl Lake State Park in the Yampa River Valley. It is surrounded by the public lands of the Routt National Forest.

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Filed By: Jeff Posten (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: While beautiful views of Hahn's Peak and surrounding mountains remain be aware there are not many trees left in the Dutch Hill Bridge Island tent area. Pine Beetles...

Filed By: Rick (Gig Harbor, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I visited Steamboat Lake with my 3 Buddies from Denver in late September. We got there 9/22 about 4 pm and were fishing by 5. Caught 3 Rainbows 18" and up in an hour on worms under bobbers. Over the next 3 days we caught and released dozens of fish 16- 21 " on all gear we used. Spinners, flies, and bait.

Filed By: Ron (Littleton, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sat. 6/22 arrived and went fishing at 10am. We caught our lunch, 2 nice Rainbows 17-18 inches long with in a hour. With worms about two feet off the bottom. Went back out at 6pm. caught our limit ,six nice Raindows. Wow ,this is a great lake!! Sun 6/23, went out at 6am caught eight more Rainbows 17 - 18 inches, also on worms. Best fishing trip so far this year!!

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Contact Information:
Steamboat Lake State Park, P.O. Box 750 , Clark, CO, 80428, Phone: 970-879-3922
, steamboat.lake@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.
Steamboat Springs Area - The Steamboat Springs area is located 160 miles northwest of Denver in the Yampa River Valley. The Routt National Forest and several State Parks surround the area.

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