Jackson Lake

Fact Sheet

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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 Jackson Lake State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Jackson Lake State Park is a great place for families, camping and water sports. Conveniently located near Denver, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Jackson Lake State Park is one of the most popular recreational lakes in northern Colorado. Visitors love Jackson’s beautiful beaches, warm water and sandy lake bottom. The park offers 259 campsites (163 with electrical outlets) and year-round camping. Other popular activities at Jackson include pleasure boating, water skiing, OHV riding, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, wildlife observation and hunting. During the winter, the park offers camping, wildlife observation, photography, ice fishing, ice skating, OHV riding and hunting. Visitors to Jackson Lake State Park spend over $10 million annually in local communities.1 Top attractions • Ranked one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by a national camping service, Jackson Lake State Park offers shoreline camping, which is not often found at other reservoirs in Colorado. • The ice usually comes off the reservoir by early March, providing one of the best early boating opportunities in Colorado. • The beautiful, natural sand beaches, warm water and gradual drop-off are very popular with swimmers and sunbathers. The large warm water reservoir with its sandy bottom and lack of hazards is extremely attractive to water skiers and pleasure boaters. • The park is home to an abundance of wildlife and offers excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Bird watchers commonly spot species that are unusual or rarely seen in the state. • The off-highway vehicle (OHV) track offers novice riders a place to learn how to ride an OHV. The track is about 1.75 miles long and offers fun for the whole family. • Weldona, Wiggins, Brush and Ft. Morgan school districts • Jackson Lake Village • Morgan County Sheriff ’s Office • Jackson Lake Irrigation Company • Weldon Valley FFA Challenges we face • Developing recreational opportunities and events that remain strong during low water periods, as fluctuating water levels impact park operations, visitation and revenue. • The remote location of the park and the low population in the area makes it difficult to attract volunteers for the park. • Controlling aquatic nuisance species and noxious weeds, which requires increased efforts and funding. • Evaluating current operations in light of increasing operational costs and static budgets. Volunteer activities • Scout groups, school groups, service groups, and others volunteer at the park for a variety of projects. Most of this volunteer work helps with park maintenance, weed control, and other labor intensive activities. 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009" (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VERDON TOMAJKO/CPW Our partners 26363 County Road 3, Orchard, CO, 80649 (970) 645-2551 • Email: DNR_jackson.lake@state.co.us Park Manager: Tyler Sewald Geography Region: Northeast County: Morgan Elevation: 4,600 ft Year Acquired: 1962 Miles From Denver: 76 As of June 30, 2017 Roads Paved: 1.7 miles Unpaved: 6.2 miles Annual Visitation 178,994 Governmental US Cong Dist: 4th CO Senate: 1st CO House: 65th Facilities Boat Ramps Boat Rental Dump Station Group Picnic Area Laundry Marinas (year-round) Mooring/Docking 60 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Visitor Center Employees Permanent: 5 Temporary: 17 Volunteers: 39 Volunteer Hours: 3,428 Trails Biking: 3.4 miles Hiking: 3.4 miles OHV: 1.2 miles Total: 3.4 miles Acreage Total Acres: 5,295 Recreation Boating Fishing Hunting Ice Fishing Ice Skating Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Swimming Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Camping Campsites (basic, year-round): 92 Campsites (electrical, year-round): 163 Group Facilities (year-round) Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Jackson Lake Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Rifle Frisco Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VIC SCHENDEL /CPW Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez VIC SCHENDEL /CPW Jackson Lake State Park

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