Jackson Lake has a 1.75 mile trail that begins at
the Visitor Center and runs north to Northview
Campground. Part of the trail is a self guided nature
trail. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.
The OHV track is located on the south side of the park.
It is a 1.5 mile track designed with the novice rider in
mind. Only registered OHVs and dirt bikes are allowed
on the track. Larger vehicles such as dune buggies are
not allowed. Every OHV must have current registration
and every vehicle must have a vehicle pass. The OHV
must be hauled to the staging area. OHVs are not
permitted in campgrounds or on any roads. Track rules
are posted at the staging area. The track is open every
day 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
Besides providing a wide variety of outdoor recreation
opportunities, the 2,500 surface-acre reservoir holds
water used to irrigate thousands of acres of Colorado
farmland to the south and east. The reservoir was built
during the turn of the century and incorporates an
existing lake. The surrounding park land covers an area
of 892 acres.
Established in 1965, Jackson Lake State Park is
administered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. If you
have questions or comments about the area, please
consult the park manager at Jackson Lake State Park at
(Located next to boat ramp)
Ice • Groceries • Pop • Beer • Atm
Bait • Boating Supplies
Skiing Equipment • Fishing Licenses
Supplies • Gas & Oil
Firewood • Boat & Jet Ski Rentals
• Dry Storage
Passes, Permits, Fees
Visitors to Jackson Lake State Park are required to display
a current Colorado State Parks Pass on their vehicle.
Two types of passes are available. A daily vehicle pass is
valid from the day purchased until noon the following
day. Annual vehicle passes are valid for 12 months from
the date of purchase. For annual pass holders who own
another car, a multiple pass is available at a discounted
rate. Passes are available at the park entrances and at the
Open weekends in April
Open 7 days a week starting in May
Colorado residents 64 years of age or older qualify for a
special Aspen Leaf Annual Pass, available at a discounted
rate. Colorado Disabled Veterans who display Colorado
Disabled Veterans (DV) license plates are admitted free
to all state parks without a pass.
Jackson Lake State Park
#26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551
In addition to a vehicle pass, campers are required to
purchase and display a camping permit at their campsite.
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
nce known primarily
for the hunting
around its banks,
Jackson Lake State Park has
become one of Colorado’s
finest outdoor recreation and
water sports sites. The area
is known for its shoreline
camping and its large, warmwater reservoir with sandy bottom and beaches. For
fun in the sun and unlimited recreational opportunities,
Jackson Lake is the place.
Jackson Lake offers 60 picnic sites. The Centennial
group picnic area is available by reservation through
the park office.
All areas of Jackson Lake are open to water-skiing.
Boats traveling above a wakeless speed must stay at least
150 feet from moored vessels and shoreline fishermen.
Both an observer and an operator must be in any boat
that is towing a skier. Ski counter-clockwise, and please
spread out across the reservoir to avoid dangerous
Jackson Lake’s sandy beaches and gradually sloping
lake bottom make it ideal for swimming. Swimming is
entirely at the individual’s own risk.
Fires are not permitted along the beaches. Children 12
and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Swimming is allowed in the no wake zones on the west
and south shores. Swimming is not allowed beyond the
no wake buoys. Swimming is at your own risk so take
the necessary precautions.
A boat ramp is located on the west shore of the lake.
All boats must comply with current Colorado boating
statutes and regulations available in pamphlet form
at the entrance stations and Visitor Center. All vessels
must be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species prior
to entering the boat ramp area or launching.
The lake is closed to boating on November 1st and
until ALL ice is off the reservoir. Hand-propelled craft
may be used to set out decoys and to retrieve downed
waterfowl on areas open to hunting.
Shoreline Marina provides food and drink, boat
rentals, boat storage, fuel and boating, fishing, camping
and picnic supplies.
Jackson Lake State Park has 260 campsites available
for your enjoyment. Most accommodate campers or
trailers and tents. Facilities include showers, toilets,
laundry, electric hookups and drinking water.
Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Camping permits expire at noon.
All campsites are available by reservation. Please call
1-800-244-5613 or visit www.cpw.state.co.us.
Camping is available year-round.
To reserve the Dunes Group Campground, call the
park at (970) 645-2551 or stop in at the Visitor Center.
Jackson Lake State Park
Co. Rd. AA
Co. Rd. 3
For more information or assistance, please stop in at the
Visitor Center – or call (970) 645-2551. Inquire about
available group meeting facilities.
Co. Rd. 2
Cove Campground houses an amphitheater which offers
weekend interpretive programs during the summer, a selfguided nature trail and a watchable wildlife kiosk.
State Wildlife Area
North Shore Area
Rows of windbreak
trees (boundry line)
County Road 2
Jackson Lake is home to trout, walleye, saugeye, catfish,
crappie, wipers, northern pike, perch and bluegill.
The reservoir is a popular spot for anglers. Fishing is
prohibited from the dike between 10 p.m and 6 a.m.
Hunting and Wildlife
Hunters come to Jackson Lake State Park for waterfowl,
deer, dove, pheasant and rabbits. Hunting in the park is
controlled and permitted from the Tuesday after Labor
Day through the Friday prior to Memorial Day. Method
of take is limited to archery or shotgun loaded with
birdshot only. Hunting is allowed in designated areas
only. Please check with park staff for further details.
An abundance of wildlife can be observed and
photographed in the park. The list includes pelicans,
eagles, hawks, heron, deer, coyote, waterfowl and
numerous shore birds.
During the winter months, Jackson Lake State Park offers
many activities such as camping, wildlife observation,
photography and ice fishing. Please check the park
website for weather and ice conditions.
Fox Hills Campground
Dunes Group Campground
Centennial Group Picnic Area
Cottonwood Picnic Area / OHV Track
Jackson Lake State Park was built and is maintained
for your enjoyment. In the interests of safety and the
preservation of your park, please observe the following
eep your vehicle on designated roads or parking
eep pets on a leash no longer than six feet.
amp only in designated camping sites.
isitors are allowed two tents per campsite or one
hardside unit plus one tent per campsite. A maximum
of six people and two vehicles are allowed per campsite.
ires are allowed only in provided fire grills. Gathering
firewood, of any kind is prohibited.
he park closes from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. to all but
registered campers, within the designated camp areas.
STATE LAW: Only 3.2% alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Any possession or consumption of 6% alcohol or
hard liquor is subject to prosecution and will be
confiscated and disposed.
STATE LAW: Marijuana use is prohibited within the park
and in public. Any violation is subject to prosecution and
confiscation. Please respect your neighbors. Please report
any problems to a park ranger.
If an emergency assistance is required, call 911. For all
other non-emergent law enforcement and medical needs
please call dispatch at (970) 867-2461.
A dump station is located on the west side of Jackson Lake
State Park and is available to registered campers only. It
is illegal and a health hazard to dump waste water and
sewage, including dishwater, anywhere else.