Wildlife & Hunting
An assortment of prairie wildlife can be found on
the park, including pronghorn antelope, mule deer,
coyotes, jackrabbits, prairie dogs, and more. Hawks,
eagles, turkey vultures, and owls grace the skies
above, while an assortment of waterfowl, shorebirds,
and songbirds are found closer to the ground.
Hunting is carefully managed and permitted in the
fall, winter, and spring during established seasons
and in designated areas only. Methods are restricted
to archery and shotguns with bird shot only. For
further information, details, and restrictions,
contact the park office.
This excellent warm-water fishery
features wiper, walleye, channel
catfish, crappie, yellow perch,
bluegill, northern pike, tiger
muskie, and trout. Fishing is
permitted along the entire state-owned shoreline,
except from the Inlet Footbridge, Swim Beach, Ski
Beach, South Boat Ramp, and Elks Boat Ramp.
North Sterling State Park is open to fishing yearround. Ice fishing is permitted as conditions allow.
Cottonwood Cove Swim Beach is located inside the
South Entrance near Sunset Point. Facilities include
a picnic pavilion, flush restrooms, pedestal grills,
and a playground. Swimming is permitted only in
designated areas and no lifeguards are provided. Pets
are not permitted on the swim beach.
Picnic sites are available in day-use areas of the park
at the Marina Point, Balanced Rock, the South Boat
Ramp, the swim beach, and Sunset Point.
The Marina Point group picnic
pavilion can accommodate groups
of up to 75, and can be reserved
in advance for a nominal fee by
calling the park office at
The 3.5-mile South Shoreline Trail is available for
hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Short, easy trails lead to scenic views at the top of
Balanced Rock and Sunset Point, and connect Inlet
Grove Campground to Sunset Point and Cottonwood
Cove Swim Beach.
Archery Range facilities,
located near the outlet,
consist of three sight
in targets as well as 11
stations with 18 targets
along a walking trail.
Two of the shooting stations have elevated platforms
to simulate tree stand shooting. Both traditional
and compound shooters will find the walking trail
enjoyable and challenging with yardages from 15-60+
yards. The range is open 7 days a week from sunrise
to sunset but may be closed during tournaments. All
vehicles are required to have a valid Vehicle Parks
pass to access the archery range.
North Sterling State Park is managed and maintained
for the safety and enjoyment of all park visitors. It is
your responsibility to know and obey park rules and
regulations. Please read the rules and regulations
brochure available at the park entrances.
1. Respect others – Observe campground quiet
hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
2. Do not litter. A clean park is healthier for our
visitors and our wildlife. Use the dumpsters
provided for picnic and camp trash.
3. For your pet’s safety, the safety of others and the
protection of wildlife, keep pets under control
and on a leash no longer than six feet.
4. Build fires only in grills or enclosed containers,
tend them constantly, and make sure they are
completely extinguished when no longer needed.
5. Please keep vehicles on designated roadways
and hike only on designated trails.
Common sense and common courtesy will help all of
us enjoy he park more.
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
First Aid & Emergencies
Park rangers are trained and equipped to provide
emergency assistance on land or water, including
minor first aid.
In an emergency, dial 911. In other urgent circumstances, call the park office first at (970) 522-3657,
or the Logan County Sheriff non-emergency dispatch
line at (970) 522-3512.
During severe weather, listen to a local radio station
for alerts for central Logan County, northwest of
Sterling, and take appropriate action.
North Sterling State Park
24005 County Road 330 • Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-3657 • E-mail: email@example.com
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
Three campgrounds with 141 campsites can
accommodate tents, trailers, or motorhomes.
Electrical hookups are available at all sites in Elks
(30-amp) and Inlet Grove (50-amp) Campgrounds,
with potable water hydrants located nearby and
wastewater dump stations available inside each
entrance. Camper services buildings provide flush
restrooms, coin-operated showers, and laundry
facilities. Campsites are limited to one camping unit
and a maximum of six people.
Campsite reservations are recommended for
weekends and holidays, and must be made at least
three days in advance. For reservations, call
303-470-1144, or 1-800-678-CAMP (2267) if outside
the Denver metro area, or visit the park website at
Elks Boat Ramp
and Elks Entrance
Boaters: Private property lies underneath and
adjacent to much of the reservoir.
Please camp in designated areas only.
South Boat Ramp
The park office and Visitor Center are located at the
north end of the dam inside the Elks Entrance. The
Visitor Center has information about the park, the
region, and other Colorado state parks, as well as
information on boating, fishing, hunting, off-highway
vehicles. Stop by to borrow free life jackets, binoculars,
family activity backpacks, and self-guided nature
The park amphitheater near Inlet Grove
Campground offers weekly Saturday Night Campfire
Programs from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Weekend. See the website or park bulletin-boards for
County Road 46
North 7th Ave. (County road 37)
Built in the early 1900s,
the reservoir serves as
an important irrigation
facility along the lower
South Platte River
Valley. Colorado State
Parks acquired the
property in 1992 and
manages recreation on
the reservoir through a
perpetual easement with
North Sterling Irrigation
North Sterling is a boater’s and fisherman’s paradise
offering a 3,000-acre lake with a fascinating array of
flats and coves to explore. An additional 2,800 acres of
land support a wide variety of recreational activities,
including bird-watching, wildlife viewing, hiking, and
more. The region is home to a diversity of wildlife and
has a rich historical heritage.
Park Headquarters & Visitor Center
County Road 33
ajestic bluffs and expansive views of the
golden prairie greeted early settlers traveling
westward via the nearby Overland Trail. Those
panoramic views now welcome modern visitors to
North Sterling State Park.
County Road 29
County Road 44
Passes and Permits
All vehicles entering the park are required to display
a valid Colorado State Parks pass on their windshield.
A daily pass is valid from the day of purchase until
noon the following day. An annual pass is valid at
any Colorado State Park for one year from the date of
purchase. In addition to a vehicle pass, campers are
required to purchase and display a camping permit at
their campsite. Passes are available at all park entrances.
Colorado residents age 64 or older qualify for a
discounted Aspen Leaf annual pass. In addition to
admission to all Colorado State Parks for one year
from the date of purchase, Aspen Leaf pass holders
receive discounted camping rates from Sunday through
Thursday, excluding holidays.
Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado Disabled
Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free.
Boating & Water Sports
This spacious reservoir has room for everything from
sailboats to water-skiing. Two public boat ramps
are located inside the South and Elks entrances.
Mandatory boat inspections are available at each boat
ramp during posted hours. The former Balanced Rock
ramp is now closed to all boat traffic, and is open to
The water level at North Sterling Reservoir fluctuates
considerably during the agricultural irrigation season.
Not all submerged hazards are marked, and boaters are
warned to be alert.
Boaters are subject to all Colorado boating statutes
and regulations, available online, in the Visitor Center,
and at park entrances. Public access is limited to the
surface of the reservoir and state-owned land. Please
respect private property boundaries, and refer to the
park map or a ranger with any questions.
The lake is closed to boating from November 1st
through the last day of migratory waterfowl seasons
and until ALL ice is off the reservoir.