John Martin Reservoir
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
© JON DE LORENZO
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
elcome to John Martin Reservoir
State Park, an oasis on the plains of
southeastern Colorado. Located in the
Lower Arkansas River Valley, present day visitors
come to John Martin to take advantage of modern
campgrounds, great fishing, uncrowded boating
waters, diverse wildlife viewing opportunities and to
see historical signs of the past. With 373 documented
species of birds in Bent County, John Martin
Reservoir is a premier birding area.
Past visitors came to the Lower Arkansas River
Valley to find shelter in trees along the river, food in
the form of wild game and edible plants, and water.
Petroglyphs in the area suggest Native Americans
camped here. Lt. Zebulon Pike, Kit Carson and many
other explorers followed along the Arkansas River.
Years later, traders and settlers traveled through the
area while on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe
Trail. Remnants of this historic trail remain on the
North Shore of the park.
The dam which created John Martin Reservoir was
built between 1939 and 1948 as an irrigation and
flood-control project by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. Colorado State Parks has managed the
Lake Hasty area below the dam, the surface of John
Martin Reservoir and a portion of the north shore
since October 2001 through a lease agreement with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
John Martin Reservoir
30703 Road 24 • Hasty, CO 81044 • (719) 829-1801
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
© CPW/THOMAS KIMMEL
Passes And Permits
All vehicles entering the park are required to display
a current Colorado State Parks Pass. A Daily Parks
Pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the
following day. An Annual Parks Pass is valid at any
Colorado State Park. For annual pass holders who
own additional vehicles, multiple passes are available
at a reduced fee.
The Aspen Leaf is a discounted annual pass for
Colorado residents age 64 or older. The Aspen Leaf
also allows reduced camping fees on weekdays.
Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado
Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted
free without a park pass.
In addition to a parks pass, campers are required
to purchase and display a camping permit at their
Passes and permits are available at the visitor center
and self service stations.
Picnic sites, located throughout the park, are available
on a first-come first-serve basis. Picnic tables and grills
located in both the Point and Lake Hasty campgrounds
are reserved for registered campers.
Group picnic and camping facilities are available.
Reservations are required. Please call the visitor
center at (719) 829-1801 for more information or to
John Martin Reservoir State Park has a total of 213
campsites, which can accommodate recreational
vehicles, trailers and tents. Each campsite has a picnic
table and fire ring.
The Lake Hasty Campground, located below the
dam provides plentiful
shade with large trees. All
campsites have electrical
hook-ups and modern
centrally located water
hydrants, coin operated
showers and laundry
facilities, and flush toilets.
Some campsites are
The Point Campground, located on the north shore,
sits on a ridge over looking the reservoir. It is a basic
campground, there is no electricity, water or shade.
Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring and
has stunning views of the reservoir and surrounding
landscape. The Point Campground is open for year
For campsite reservations, call 1800-244-5613 or visit
us online at www.cpw.co.us.
Campgrounds are patrolled for your safety and
assistance. Please camp only in
designated campsites and display
your camping permit in the
campsite marker. A valid park
pass is required on every vehicle,
for every day you are in the park.
Check out time is noon.
A dump station is located across from the Lake
Hasty entrance and open year round. It is illegal
and a health hazard to dump any waste or sewage
(including dishwater) anywhere except into the
The only designated swim beach is at Lake Hasty
below the dam. Swimming is at your own risk. No
lifeguards are provided,
so swimmers are
urged to use caution.
Children 11 years
or younger must be
supervised. Cliff diving
and rock jumping are
prohibited. The Lake
Hasty Swim Beach is
open Memorial Day to
The Lake Hasty area has parking spaces and campsites
that are accessible for people with disabilities. An
accessible fishing pier and picnic site is available on
the west shoreline of Lake Hasty. Restrooms, showers,
picnic tables, drinking fountains and grills are also
The 4.5 mile Red Shin Hiking Trail begins below the
dam near the stilling basin and circles the Lake Hasty
area through riparian, short-grass prairie and wetland
environments. The trail then proceeds to the
Santa Fe Trail marker on the north shore of John
Fishing is permitted anywhere on the park with a
valid fishing license, except from the boat docks and
areas closed to public
access. The most
caught at John Martin
saugeye, large and
small mouth bass,
perch, wiper, crappie,
bluegill and catfish.
The same species of
fish can be caught in
Lake Hasty with the
addition of trout. A
fish cleaning station is
located near the Lake
Please be courteous to
other visitors and do
not clean fish in the laundry room or restrooms
No swimming, wading,
or use of a floating device is permitted on the waters
in the stilling
basin or in the river below the dam to the Arkansas
Hand-propelled craft, sailboats and boats
with electric motors are permitted on Lake Hasty.
John Martin Reservoir is open to all types of
In efforts to try to contain the spread of Aquatic
Nuisance Species (ANS), inspection of boats and
trailers is required before launching every boat at
During waterfowl season, John Martin Reservoir is
closed to boating from the waterfowl closure line
east to the dam from November 1 through March 15
of each year or as posted except to retrieve downed
Boaters must observe Colorado boating statutes and
regulations, which are available in brochure form at
Be on the lookout for areas that are temporarily
closed to all public access to protect threatened and
endangered bird nesting and brooding areas.
The water level at John Martin Reservoir can
fluctuate. Boaters are warned to be especially alert to
floating debris, submerged hazards and shallow areas
that may not be marked.
Lake Hasty Campground
John Martin Reservoir
To Hasty & Hwy 50
Dirt road open seasonally
from November to March
East Santa Fe Slough
Red Shin Trail
Santa Fe Trail
West Santa Fe Slough
To Wildlife Area
Catch and Fry
JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR
Hunting is not permitted
within the park boundary,
but is permitted on the
John Martin State Wildlife
Area adjoining the State
John Martin supports a diverse community of wildlife.
A few of the commonly seen animals include deer,
coyote, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and prairie dogs.
Resident and migratory birds abound at John Martin
making the park a bird-watcher’s paradise.
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Threatened & Endangered Wildlife
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The sand and gravel shores of John Martin are among
the few remaining nesting areas in Colorado for the
threatened Piping Plover and the endangered Interior
Least Tern. In an effort to conserve these species,
portions of the shoreline and the reservoir surface
are temporarily closed to all public access during the
nesting and brooding season.
In addition, threatened bald eagles winter at John
Martin. Eagles particularly like the large trees of the
Lake Hasty Campground. In order to protect these
roost sites, some campsites are closed in the treed area
of the campground from November 1 to
March 15th of each year.
Any trespass into a closed area is a violation of
State and Federal law. The best action to take upon
observing a closure is to avoid it completely.
John Martin Reservoir State Park is managed and
maintained for your enjoyment and for the protection
of the park’s natural resources. For your enjoyment and
in the interest of public safety, we must insist that you
observe the following regulations:
• Keep vehicles on maintained roads and
• All open fires must be contained within rings
or grills provided or in metal containers.
Never build a fire on the ground.
• Keep pets on a six foot or shorter leash at all
times. Please pick up after pets.
• Use proper receptacles for trash, wastewater
• Camp only in designated campgrounds.
• Observe campground quiet hours from
10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Tree cutting or wood gathering is strictly
• Fireworks are not permitted.
• Only 3.2% beer is permitted.
• No hunting is permitted.
Park Rangers are trained and equipped to give first
aid. In an emergency, go to the visitor center or dial
911 on any phone. The nearest hospital is in Lamar,
26 miles east of the park.