Elkhead Reservoir

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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Elkhead Reservoir State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Colorado Parks and Wildlife utilizes the principles of conservation - the wise use of natural resources - to effectively manage fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education for the citizens of Colorado and its visitors. Elkhead Reservoir State Park is a hidden gem in Northwest Colorado, offering over 900 acres of water for recreational boating and an excellent cool/warmwater fishery. Due to the warmer climate, Elkhead Reservoir State Park is an excellent destination for early and late season hiking and mountain biking, with over 10 miles of trails running throughout the park providing scenic views of the surrounding area. The 16-site Bear’s Ears campground at the south end of the reservoir is perfect for weekend getaways. Top attractions • • • • • Home to a variety of sportfish, including largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Plus, catch and keep all the northern pike and smallmouth bass you can. 900 acres of reservoir for water skiing, shore and boat fishing and swimming. Camping opportunities located in the “Elk Capital” of Colorado that serve as an excellent base camp for hunters. Great access to Routt National Forest and U.S. Bureau of Land Management public lands. Home of the annual Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic. • Yampa River Legacy partners: Routt County, Moffat County, Town of Hayden, City of Steamboat, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Yampa Valley Land Trust. • Property Landowners: The City of Craig and the Colorado River Water Conservation District Challenges we face • • Currently, there are no data connections available at the park and customers must purchase passes at self-service stations or travel to nearby parks/offices. Due to a requirement to recover endangered native fish, Elkhead Reservoir is working with our partners, including local anglers, to convert the existing fishery consisting primarily of nonnative smallmouth bass and northern pike, to a fishery consisting of approved species, including largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill. Volunteer activities • Our campground host and work camper programs continue to provide much needed support to park staff in order to keep Elkhead Reservoir operating smoothly. • Elkhead Reservoir State Park partners with local groups such as the Parrotheads, Totally Kids and Hayden Public Schools to perform various projects around Elkhead Reservoir, such as tree planting and trail maintenance. COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VICK SCHENDEL/CPW Our partners 135 CR 28, Craig, CO 81625 (970) 276-2061 • Email: elkhead.park@state.co.us Park Manager: Jacob Brey As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s Message Our staff is excited to expand the recreation activities available at Elkhead Reservoir State Park. Within the next year, we will construct a 30-site electric hook-up campground. We have completed work on the trail system, and recently added new trailhead signage and trail maps. Last year, we completed construction of a workshop with an office area. This will help us expand customer service to our visitors in the future while allowing dedicated resources to remain at Elkhead Reservoir. Park staff has been working to provide increased opportunities for hunting and fishing by extending hunt areas and the length of the boating season and stocking approved fish species, including largemouth bass. To prevent the escapement of nonnative predators, Elkhead Reservoir installed a large fish screen at the reservoir's spillway, a feature that gives the park time to transition to a fishery consisting of approved species. Annual Visitation 152,931 Geography Region: Northwest County: Routt and Moffat Year Acquired: 2006 Elevation: 6,365 ft Miles From Denver: 196 Facilities 2 Boat Ramps 20 Picnic Sites Governmental US Cong Dist: 3rd CO Senate: 8th CO House: 57th& 26th Trails Biking: 10.5 miles Hiking: 10.5 miles Horseback: 10 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 10.5 miles Total: 10.5 miles Employees Temporary: 9 Roads Unpaved: 3 miles Acreage Total Acres: 2,105 Recreation Boating Fishing Hunting Ice Fishing Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Swimming Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Camping Campsites (basic, seasonal): 16 138 Walden Elkhead Reservoir Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs 40 Fort Collins 14 Estes Park 125 14 Loveland 6 Greeley 34 Oak Creek 36 131 134 Fort Brush Morgan 76 13 Meeker Sterling 14 85 Kremmling 40 34 Wray Brighton 287 Denver 93 Golden Avon Vail Rifle 385 Breckenridge Collbran Fruita 36 70 Frisco Glenwood Springs 85 Castle Rock 285 330 Leadville Aspen Grand Junction 82 24 86 Fairplay Limon Burlington 70 24 40 65 Paonia133 Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Olathe Montrose Colorado Springs Kit Carson 67 Cripple Creek Gunnison 9 Salida 92 50 Canon City 550 287 50 Ridgway Pueblo 285 Ouray Lamar 50 25 La Junta Dove Creek 350 Walsenburg 160 491 Monte Vista Dolores Cortez 550 Mancos 160 150 Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Durango 12 172 285 160 Trinidad 151 COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VICK SCHENDEL/CPW Delta VICK SCHENDEL/CPW Elkhead Reservoir State Park

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