Elkhead Reservoir


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Passes and Permits All vehicles entering the park are required to display a current Colorado State Parks Pass on the windshield. A daily pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the following day. An annual pass is valid at any Colorado State Park 12 months from the date of purchase. For annual pass holders who own another car, a multiple pass is available for an additional fee. Daily passes are available at self-service dispensers. Annual Passes may be purchased at the Yampa River State Park office near Hayden. Colorado residents 64 or older qualify for a special Aspen Leaf annual pass, available at a discounted rate. Elkhead Reservoir State Park ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS In 1974, Elkhead Reservoir was constructed on the Elkhead Creek as part of a recreation and wildlife area and to serve as a backup water supply for the City of Craig and the Craig Power generating station. In 1996, the State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund approved a Legacy Grant for preserving natural values within the Yampa River System and enhancing recreational use. Colorado State Parks was identified as the agency to provide recreation management in the river corridor, including Elkhead Reservoir. In January 1998, Colorado State Parks began management of recreational use and facilities at Elkhead Reservoir which is owned by the city of Craig. In addition to a parks pass, campers are required to purchase and display a camping permit at their campsite. Elkhead Reservoir State Park 135 County Road 28 Craig, Colorado 81625 • (970) 276-2061 E-mail: yampa.river @state.co.us cpw.state.co.us CPW_RMEH_5K_3/18 E lkhead Reservoir is located 10 miles northeast of Craig, on the high plains of northwest Colorado. The surrounding area consists of gently rolling hills of irrigated farmland, dry land wheat, and rangeland. Within the park, rolling sagebrush prairie combines with scenic cliff areas. Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass, however, camping fees still apply. Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. Camping C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E cpw.state.co.us In 2009, the Colorado River Water Conservation District finished the expansion on the reservoir and phase one of the park re-development was complete. Elkhead Reservoir now offers 900 surface acres of water and 1,300 acres of land. Newly developed boat ramps, swim beaches, picnic sites and camping facilities are open for you to experience. Elkhead Reservoir’s Bears Ears campground is located on the south end of the reservoir near the east side of the dam. Bears Ears offers 16 campsites. Each site is developed with a hardened gravel pad, picnic table, shade shelter and fire pit. This campground does not have water, sewer or power available. Two restrooms are conveniently located at each end of the campground. A maximum stay at the campground is 14 days. Camping reservations can be made by calling 1-800-244-5613 online at www.cpw.state.co.us. Picnicking/Hiking Numerous picnic sites are located around the park; many have shade shelters, fire grills and picnic tables. There are approximately 10.5 miles of trails at Elkhead Reservoir for hiking and biking. More detailed trail maps are available. Take a picnic with you and hike along the reservoir, or go to the north end of the reservoir for a more remote experience. Wildlife Depending on the season, large herds of elk, deer and pronghorn can be seen in and around the park. Hawks, eagles and owls are regularly seen throughout the year. Also found in the area are bears, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions which are not seen daily, but pass through on a regular basis. Motorized Recreation Only snowmobiles and OHVs used for ice fishing are allowed. Registered OHVs are permitted on roads within Moffat County, but not permitted on Routt County roads or roads within the park. Winter Recreation Ice fishing, cross country skiing and snow shoeing are popular during the winter months. This is a great time to view wildlife in the big herds known to northwest Colorado. Fishing and Hunting Elkhead Reservoir State Park Craig CR Elkhead Reservoir State Park 29 40 Park Office 1. Plan ahead and prepare. 2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. 3. Dispose of waste properly. 4. Leave what you find. 5. Minimize campfire impacts. 6. Respect wildlife. 7. Be considerate of other visitors. Hayden LEGEND Boat Ramp Boating/Water Sports Campground Greenwood Cove Boating, water-skiing, sailing and jet skiing are popular activities during the summer. Swimming is allowed at the swim-beach and from a boat in designated no-wake areas on the north end of the lake. A Personal Flotation Device must be worn while in the water except at the designated swim beach. Elkhead is under mandated “aquatic nuisance species” inspections on all craft. Dam Entrance Station Fishing Northeast Access (Handlaunch Only) County Road 29 Parking Picnic Area East Beach (Swim Beach) Friendly Reminders: Swim Beach Elkhead Reservoir is maintained for your use and enjoyment. In the interest of safety and the preservation of the park, we ask that you: Restroom Wakeless Boating Zone 1. Keep your vehicle on designated roads and parking lots. Roads 2. Be respectful of quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 3. Keep your pets on a leash and under control at all times. 4. Place litter in the receptacles provided. Trails County Road 78 Fishing for warm water species like, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass and Crappie is a big draw. Hunting in the park is allowed after Labor Day during established seasons. Big Game hunting is allowed on the northern portion of the park, north of the Northeast access. Contact the Yampa River State Park office for a description and map of the designated hunting area. All Colorado hunting statues and regulations apply. Steamboat Springs Latitude: N: 40° 33' 17.41" Longitude: W: 107° 23' 05.64" Leave No Trace Elkhead Creek Elkhead Reservoir is about 4 miles long, surrounded by almost 1,300 acres of land making it one of largest parks in northwest Colorado. 5. Use the provided grills or rings and be sure your fire is extinguished before you leave. To Hwy 40 County Road 28 Bear's Ears Campground 0 0.25 0.5 0.75 1 6. Please drink responsibly. Only 3.2% alcohol is permitted. Mile

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