Eleven Mile

State Park - Colorado

Eleven Mile State Park is in Park County, 11 miles (18 km) south of Lake George, Colorado, United States. The park surrounds 3,405-acre (13.78 km2), 5.5 miles (8.9 km) long Eleven Mile Reservoir. Facilities include a marina, a visitors center and over 300 campsites. There are 5 miles (8.0 km) of trails available for hikers and bicyclists. Fish species include cutthroat, rainbow, brown trout and northern pike. Eleven Mile Reservoir is famous for the thriving Kokanee salmon population found in the river current along the north side of the reservoir known as the Dream Stream. This reservoir is also known for being very windy in the afternoon. Cottontail rabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, coyote, muskrat and ground squirrels are commonly seen in the park. Mule deer, pronghorn, porcupine, badger, black bear and elk are seen occasionally.



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Eleven Mile SP https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/default.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleven_Mile_State_Park Eleven Mile State Park is in Park County, 11 miles (18 km) south of Lake George, Colorado, United States. The park surrounds 3,405-acre (13.78 km2), 5.5 miles (8.9 km) long Eleven Mile Reservoir. Facilities include a marina, a visitors center and over 300 campsites. There are 5 miles (8.0 km) of trails available for hikers and bicyclists. Fish species include cutthroat, rainbow, brown trout and northern pike. Eleven Mile Reservoir is famous for the thriving Kokanee salmon population found in the river current along the north side of the reservoir known as the Dream Stream. This reservoir is also known for being very windy in the afternoon. Cottontail rabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, coyote, muskrat and ground squirrels are commonly seen in the park. Mule deer, pronghorn, porcupine, badger, black bear and elk are seen occasionally.
Nearby Facilities Groceries, camping and fishing supplies, licenses, firewood and snacks are available at the 11 Mile Marina located at the North Shore Boat Ramp. Medical facilities are available in Woodland Park. Religious and commercial facilities are available in most nearby communities. First Aid Please contact a park ranger if you need first aid assistance. Medical facilities are available in Woodland Park, 40 miles east, and in Fairplay, 30 miles northwest. If you are not able to reach a ranger, please call 911. C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Eleven Mile State Park This remarkable setting is home to tremendous recreational opportunities. Eleven Mile’s waters have surrendered some of the largest fish ever taken in Colorado. The reservoir’s boaters, particularly sailors, are challenged by the tricky winds and fast-rising storms that occasionally sweep the area. ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS Park Office/Camper Services Eleven Mile’s elevation of 8,600 feet makes for a wide range of temperatures in any season, so park visitors should dress accordingly. Visitors should also be prepared to protect themselves against sunburn at this altitude. The Park Office is located in the camper services building near Rocky Ridge Campground on Park County Road 92. Showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities are available at the camper services building May-September. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages Eleven Mile’s 3,400 surface-acre reservoir and 4,000 land acres under a lease from the Denver Water Board. The reservoir has been an important water storage facility for the city of Denver since the dam was completed in 1932. Campsites may be reserved in advance by calling 1-800-244-5613 or reserve online at www.cpw.state.co.us 24 Cty Cty Rd. 92 Spinney Mtn. State Park Eleven Mile State Park d. R Cty Rd. 59 Area Map U. S. 90 Dam Photo by Kevin Tobey Ct y 23 Rd. To Hartsel Lake George To Colorado Springs Passes & Permits To Guffey All vehicles entering the park are required to display a current Colorado State Parks Pass. A Daily Pass is valid for the day purchased until noon the following day. A Yearly Pass is valid at any state park for 12 months from date of purchase. For yearly passholders with an additional vehicle, a multiple pass is available for a reduced fee. Daily passes are available at self service stations. Eleven Mile State Park 4229 County Road 92 • Lake George, CO 80827 (719) 748-3401 E-mail: eleven.mile.park@state.co.us Colorado’s senior citizens 64 and older may buy an Aspen Leaf Annual Pass at a discounted rate. (Passes, permits, and licenses may be purchased at the park office.) cpw.state.co.us Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. E leven Mile State Park is in South Park – an expansive high-altitude grassland region of central Colorado. The park is bordered on two sides by the Pike National Forest. The surrounding mountains, including Pikes Peak, the Tarryall Range and the snowy peaks of the Continental Divide, complement Eleven Mile’s own scenic reservoir, short grasses and rocky outcroppings. CPW_SEEM_10K_3/18 cpw.state.co.us Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass. Fishing Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, northern pike and carp are found in the reservoir. Bow fishing for carp and northern pike is permitted year round. Fishing is prohibited in the restricted area near the dam. Please check the current Colorado Fishing Regulation brochure for special regulations, season dates, and bag and possession limits that may apply. Camping Eleven Mile’s 335 campsites can accommodate tents, pick-up campers, trailers and motor homes. A camping permit is required in addition to the vehicle pass. Only one camping unit with a single family or a maximum of six people is permitted per site. Electrical hookups are available in Rocky Ridge Campground, Loops A, B or D. No more than two motor vehicles are allowed at any site. Quiet hours are enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The backcountry area of the park, near the east end of the reservoir, has 14 walk-in / boat-in campsites. Dump Stations Holding tank dump stations are located near the North Shore and Witcher’s Cove entrances. Please use these facilities. It is illegal to dump waste anywhere else. A valid vehicle pass and a valid camping permit are required to dump tanks. Wildlife & Hunting Several species of waterfowl are abundant at the reservoir. Pronghorn antelope, elk, deer, bear, coyote, mountain lion, bobcat and many varieties of small mammals frequent the park and surrounding area. Hunting is permitted in specific portions of the park during legal seasons. Maps of hunting areas are available online or at the park office. The park supports many species of ducks, as well as geese, as they migrate south each fall. Accessibility Some areas and campgrounds have been adapted for use by
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Eleven Mile State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Sport fishing and recreation writers across the state have produced volumes of material about Eleven Mile State Park’s fantastic fishing. While fishing gets most of the attention, the park boasts nine separate campgrounds with 335 campsites, ranging from drive-to-site RV camping to boat- or hike-in tent-only campsites in the backcountry area. Five miles of hiking and biking trails, interpretive programs throughout the summer and boating opportunities on one of the larger reservoirs in Colorado (3,405 surface acres) round out the most popular uses. Visitors to Eleven Mile State Park spend about $25.2 million annually in local communities.1 Top attractions • Fishing is the main draw at Eleven Mile, whether it’s shoreline, deepwater boat, fly or ice. • Eleven Mile State Park is one of the most popular camping spots in Colorado. • Park staff offer a variety of interpretive programs. • Colorado State Land Board • Denver Water Board • Rocky Mountain Conservancy • U.S. Forest Service • Hartsel and Lake George Fire Departments • South Park Ambulance District • Park County Sheriff’s Department • Colorado State Patrol • Park County Emergency Services Council • Coalition for the Upper South Platte THOMAS KIMMEL/CPW Our partners Challenges we face • Finding funding to meet priorities in the recently completed Eleven Mile State Park Redevelopment Plan, including renovating aging facilities and infrastructure to keep pace with the changing demands of the recreating public. • Working with the Denver Water Board to secure viable, consistent and sufficient funding needed to provide an effective aquatic nuisance species inspection program at Eleven Mile Reservoir. • Creating long-term partnerships with other agencies and private parties to find solutions to the ongoing livestock trespassing issues that have a negative effect on park resources, management and public safety. Volunteer activities • Campground host program • Shoreline cleanup • Interpretation and speaking on environmental topics • General purpose volunteers who assist with backlog of maintenance and administrative projects • Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) boat inspections assistance 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 4229 County Road 92, Lake George, CO 80827 (719) 748-3401 • Email: eleven.mile.park@state.co.us Park Manager: Jacob Dewhirst As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s Message Visitors to Eleven Mile State Park are quickly discovering that there is more to the park than trophy fishing opportunities and camping. Located near the geographic center of the state, the park often serves as a base camp for guests looking to participate in short day trips to popular area destinations, such as Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Arkansas River. The park is open year-round, offering spectacular Rocky Mountain sunsets and plenty of room to breathe. Geography Region: Northeast County: Park Year Acquired: 1970 Elevation: 8,597 ft Miles From Denver: 119 Annual Visitation 331,844 Facilities 3 Boat Ramps Boat Rental 2 Dump Stations Laundry Marinas (year-round) Mooring/Docking 20 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Visitor Center Acreage Total Acres: 7,572 Governmental US Cong Dist: 5th CO Senate: 2nd CO House: 60th Trails Biking: 5 miles Hiking: 5 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 5 miles Total: 5 miles Employees Permanent: 6 Temporary: 22 Volunteers: 53 Volunteer Hours: 1,881 Roads Paved: 7.9 miles Unpaved: 10.6 miles Recreation Boating Fishing Hunting Ice Fishing Ice Skating Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Snowtubing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Camping Campsites (basic, year-round): 283 Campsites (electrical, year-round): 52 138 Walden Fort Collins 14 Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs 40 Estes Park 125 14 Loveland 6 Greeley 34 Oak Creek 36 13 131 Meeker Sterling 14 134 Fort Brush Morgan 76 85 Kremmling 40 34 Wray Brighton 287 93 Denver Golden Avon Vail 385 Breckenridge Collbran Fruita 330 Leadville Aspen Grand Junction 82 24 85 Castle Rock 285 Paonia133 Hotchkiss Gunnison 92 Burlington 70 24 40 Colorado Springs Kit Carson 67 Cripple Creek Olathe Montrose Limon Eleven Mile Reservoir Buena Vista Crawford 86 Fairplay 65 Delta 36 70 Frisco Glenwood Springs 9 Salida 50 Canon City 550 287 50 Ridgway Pueblo 285 Ouray 50 Lamar 25 La Junta Dove Creek 350 160 491 Cortez 550 Mancos Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores 160 Alamosa 150 La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Durango 12 172 285 160 Trinidad 151 COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.stat
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E 18. Wetlands Are Special Places Wetlands are unique biological habitats found within the larger, arid ecosystem here at Eleven Mile State Park. Many organisms live out their lives in the micro-habitat of these watery worlds. Predatory dragonfly larvae will one day become swiftly moving dragonflies soaring above the wetland’s rushes and sedges. Copepods (small, shrimplike crustaceans) strain microscopic plant food from the water. They are eaten by small fish and shorebirds, which are in turn eaten by larger fish and more predatory birds and mammals. Coyote Ridge Nature Trail AT ELEVEN MILE STATE PARK 19. What’s The Catch? Coves like this are excellent places to catch rainbow trout, carp and northern pike. These fish all find the cove a wonderful feeding ground. The shoreline is a favorite nesting and feeding area for many types of ducks, geese, red-winged blackbirds and shorebirds such as avocets, ibises, herons and sandpipers. Nocturnal animals like raccoon, badgers, coyote and deer all visit these same shorelines for food and water during their nightly prowls. Can you find any signs of these creatures along the shoreline? Coyote Ridge Nature Trail W hat is your initial impression of Eleven Mile State Park?Do you see it simply as a lake surrounded by grass and rocks? Hopefully, after hiking this trail your initial impression may be enhanced. As you walk the loops of the trail pay special attention to the different feelings that you experience along the way. The varied micro-habitats offer many chances to view wildlife. Please respect the wildlife that lives here. You are a visitor to their home. Do not approach any wildlife too closely or attempt to feed it. Walk quietly and speak softly. Noise will frighten wildlife away. Early morning and late afternoon lighting provides the best photo opportunities. Please take only pictures and leave only your footprints behind as you hike. By the end of your hike, we hope that you will discover that Eleven Mile is worth the while! Precautions: • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. • Drink plenty of water. • Pets must be leashed at all times. • Please do not touch or feed the wildlife. 20. Folk Remedy Squeeze the needles of this plant and you will smell its distinct odor. Can you guess the name of this plant? That’s right—it is juniper, a shrub that grows in a spreading pattern over the ground of dry forests or open slopes. The needles of juniper taper to a spiny tip and the fruits grow round, bluish-black in color and are covered with a whitish powder. Juniper berries are used to flavor gin and other alcoholic beverages. If dried, it can be used as a seasoning. It was once used as a folk remedy for stomachaches, colds and bronchitis. Studies on juniper berries have shown it to lower blood sugar levels and it is believed to be active against tumors. WARNING! Excessive amounts of juniper can be harmful. This trail is made possible through Colorado State Parks, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Colorado Youth Corps Association and the Boy Scouts of America. 1. Climate Influences Habitat Eleven Mile is located in an arid, sub-alpine climatic region. This climatic condition, along with thin soils, determines the types of trees and other vegetation that may be found along the trail. Wind plays a major role in producing the arid condition of the region, as well as producing the bare spots of soil and rock that you see before you. Geologists call these spots blowouts. Blowouts are erosional features caused by prevailing winds. As you hike the trail, notice the different types of trees that live here: aspen, Engelmann and blue spruce, ponderosa and limber pine. Can you spot any of the special adaptations that help each species survive in the shallow soils, high wind, and extreme temperatures that exist here? 2. Picture The Past Howbert, a small sawmill and railroad town that flourished in the late 1800’s, now lies on the bottom of the reservoir directly south from this spot. The town once boasted 20 buildings and a population of about 100 people. Imagine the old post office and café where people met for coffee every morning. Did they hear the mill’s saw as it began cutting logs at the start of each new day? Did the school bell resonate across the valley as it summoned children to classes? Perhaps the whistle of the Colorado Midland Railroad locomotive interrupted their conversations as it rolled into town. The town is quiet now, inhabited only by fish and other underwater creatures. Do you suppose that a school of fish might now inhabit the school house? 3. Picture Perfect Coyote Ridge Nature Trail Map (1.4 Miles) x•x• Ponderosa Loop (.75 Miles) x – x – Aspen Loop (.6 Miles) Aspen Eleven Mile State Park Ponderosa 4229 County Road 92 • Lake George, CO 80827 719-748-3401 • cpw.state.co.us SEEM1201-PDF-07/14 cpw.state.co.us Corral Cove is one of the most beautiful areas of the pa
Orienteering 101 C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Helpful Hints: Watch where you put your feet; respect the vegetation as much as possible by not trampling it. While participating in this course, try to limit the number of people in your group to no more than six. Orienteering Trail AT ELEVEN MILE STATE PARK Remember — if you get lost just follow the Midland Trail back to the trailhead. If you are lost in the woods (meaning Are you ready for a crash course in the art of orienteering? O rienteering is the art of using a compass and map to find your way in the woods; or, in this case, to navigate around a course with a set of predetermined locations called waypoint markers. Scattered around the Backcountry landscape you will find the nine waypoint (and thirty-two sub point) markers. Each point is a composite plaque with the point number marked on it. The nine waypoints are embedded within rock mounds that are 9–12" tall. The sub points all lie flat on the ground. you lack a compass), keep in mind that moss generally grows on the north side of a tree. When hiking in bear and/or mountain lion country, be aware of your surroundings; make some noise (you don’t have to be loud, but try not to creep silently). To find these points, you must follow the directions located on the inside of this brochure. Paces are measured as five feet in length. This is roughly the distance an average person would walk when taking two steps. The starting point is the sign posted near Backcountry campsite #901. You’ll notice the first step is to walk 148 paces at 359 degrees. This should bring you to the first sub point #1A. Eleven Mile State Park 4229 County Road 92 • Lake George, CO 80827 719-748-3401 • cpw.state.co.us Look at your compass; turn the dial on your compass until the red half of the floating arrow is within the painted red arrow on the bottom of the compass. Locate 359 degrees on the compass while keeping the floating arrow within the red painted arrow. To find the first sub point, simply walk 148 paces in the direction of 359 degrees. (Hint: You should look as far in that exact direction as you can to find some type of landmark to walk towards). Keep in mind that while paces are approximate, they should still get you close enough to see the marker. Also, remember that the directions to the next target will begin exactly at the marker you have just reached. The total trail length is 3.16 miles. For new and current information on Colorado Parks & Wildlife visit us online at cpw.state.co.us SEEM1202-PDF-07/14 cpw.state.co.us Waypoint One: Waypoint Eight: Start at this sign. Take 148 paces at 359 degrees; then 37 paces at 82 degrees; then 137 paces at 18 degrees; then 67 paces at 65 degrees. Take 113 paces at 205 degrees; then 67 paces at 268 degrees; then 116 paces at 11 degrees; then 153 paces at 34 degrees. 5 5A Waypoint Two: Take 39 paces at 171 degrees; then 29 paces at 85 degrees; then 87 paces at 201 degrees; then 45 paces at 70 degrees; then 63 paces at 213 degrees; then 55 paces at 107 degrees. 1C Waypoint Three: Take 48 paces at 210 degrees; then 74 paces at 124 degrees; then 94 paces at 36 degrees; then 44 paces at 308 degrees. Waypoint Four: 1B 1A Take 54 paces at 329 degrees; then 65 paces at 16 degrees; then 98 paces at 322 degrees; then 52 paces at 81 degrees; then 65 paces at 357 degrees. 2E 4 END 6C 3C 3B 9C 9 9A Take 88 paces at 268 degrees; then 71 paces at 158 degrees; then 48 paces at 94 degrees; then 128 paces at 239 degrees. 7A 7B 8C 7C 8 Waypoint Seven: 7D 8B 8A If you are standing at the same sign that you began the course at, located near Backcountry campsite #901, then you made it. CONGRATULATIONS! Follow the Midland Trail back to the Coyote Ridge parking lot to return to your vehicle. 7 9B BEGIN 6 6B 3 Waypoint Six: Take 122 paces at 142 degrees; then 86 paces at 244 degrees; then 78 paces at 127 degrees; then 108 paces at 237 degrees; then 56 paces at 323 degrees. 6A 4A 3A Waypoint Five: Take 98 paces at 84 degrees; then 108 paces at 161 degrees; then 73 paces at 81 degrees; then 90 paces at 137 degrees. 4B 2D 9D 5C 5B 2A 2B 2C Take 115 paces at 233 degrees; then 108 paces at 303 degrees; then 34 paces at 198 degrees; then 100 paces at 338 degrees; then 132 paces at 214 degrees. 4D 4C 2 Waypoint Nine:
Pipits q American Pipit (UC, M) Clark’s Nutcracker (C, PR) Black-billed Magpie (VC, PR) American Crow (VC, PR) Common Raven (VC, PR) Larks q Horned Lark (C, SR) Swallows Barn Swallow q Tree Swallow (C, SR) q Violet-green Swallow (C, SR) q Northern Rough-winged Swallow (UC, SR) q Bank Swallow (R, M) q Cliff Swallow (VC, SR) q Barn Swallow (C, SR) Chickadees q Black-capped Chickadee (C, PR) q Mountain Chickadee (C, PR) q Bushtit (UC, WV) Nuthatches & Creepers q Red-breasted Nuthatch (R, SR) q White-breasted Nuthatch (R, SR) q Pygmy Nuthatch (C, PR) q Brown Creeper (R, SR) yg my Nuth atch P Wrens q Rock Wren (C, SR) q Canyon Wren (UC, PR) q House Wren (UC, SR) q Marsh Wren (R, SR) Dippers q American Dipper (R, SR) Kinglets q Golden-crowned Kinglet (R, M) q Ruby-crowned Kinglet (UC, SR) Starlings q European Starling (C, PR) Warblers q Orange-crowned Warbler (UC, M) q Yellow Warbler (R, SR) q Yellow-rumped Warbler (UC, M) q Yellow-throated Warbler (ACC, M) q Black-throated Gray Warbler (R, M) q Townsend’s Warbler (R, M) q Northern Waterthrush (R, M) q MacGillivray’s Warbler (UC, M) q Common Yellowthroat (C, SR) q Wilson’s Warbler (UC, SR) Tanagers q Western Tanager (U, SR) Towhees & Sparrows q Green-tailed Towhee (UC, M) q Spotted Towhee (FC, M) q American Tree Sparrow (UC, M) q Chipping Sparrow (UC, SR) q Clay-colored Sparrow (R, M) q Brewer’s Sparrow (R, M) q Vesper Sparrow (UC, SR) q Lark Sparrow (FC, SR) q Lark Bunting (UC, M) q Savannah Sparrow (UC, M) q Song Sparrow (UC, SR) q Harris’s Sparrow (R, WV) q White-crowned Sparrow (FC, M) q Dark-eyed Junco (FC, WV) q Lapland Longspur (R, WV) q Snow Bunting (R, WV) q House Sparrow (C, PR) Yellow Warbler C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Discovering Birds AT ELEVEN MILE STATE PARK Because we are interested in maintaining and revising this list, we solicit your help and ask that you share new and unusual sightings and/or comments on the status of the park’s birds. If you do encounter any Rare, Very Rare, Accidental or new species, we’d appreciate a short written description of the field marks used to identify the bird. Special thanks to Hugh Kingery, Tony Leukering, Mark Peterson, and Nathan Pieplow for their assistance in the compilation of this list. Field Notes Date: Weather: n Bu Snow Grosbeaks & Buntings q Blue Grosbeak (UC, M) q Lazuli Bunting (UC, M) q Indigo Bunting (R, M) Thrushes q Western Bluebird (UC, M) q Mountain Bluebird (C, SR) q Townsend’s Solitaire (UC, PR) q Swainson’s Thrush (UC, M) q Hermit Thrush (UC, SR) q American Robin (C, SR) Mockingbirds & Thrashers q Gray Catbird (UC, SV) q Northern Mockingbird (R, M) q Sage Thrasher (UC, M) Finches q Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (FC, WV) q Black Rosy Finch (R, WV) q Pine Grosbeak (C, PR) q Cassin’s Finch (UC, SR) q House Finch (C, PR) q Lesser Goldfinch (UC, SR) q Pine Siskin (UC, PR) q American Goldfinch (UC, SR) q Evening Grosbeak (UC, SR) tin g q q q q Time in Field: Location(s): American Goldfinch Western Meadowlark Blackbirds q Red-winged Blackbird (FC, SR) q Western Meadowlark (C, SR) q Yellow-headed Blackbird (FC, M & C, SR) q Brewer’s Blackbird (FC, SR) q Brown-headed Cowbird (VC, SR) Mountain Bluebird Eleven Mile State Park 4229 County Road 92 • Lake George, CO 80827 719-748-3401 • cpw.state.co.us Pine Grosbeak SEEM1203-PDF-07/14 cpw.state.co.us Seasonal Occurrences os e Go ing Cackl Grebes q Pied-billed Grebe (UC, M) q Horned Grebe (UC, SV) q Red-necked Grebe (VR, M) q Eared Grebe (C, M) q Western Grebe (C, SR) q Clark’s Grebe (R, SR) Cranes q Sandhill Crane (R, M) Eared Grebe Wading Birds q American Bittern (R, M) q Great Blue Heron (C, SR) q Snowy Egret (R, M) q Cattle Egret (R, M) q Black-crowned Night Heron (R, M) q White-faced Ibis (C, SV) C ed Double-crest New World Vultures q Turkey Vulture (C, PR) Lesser Scaup Shorebirds q Black-bellied Plover (R, M) q American Golden Plover (R, M) q Semipalmated Plover (UC, M) q Killdeer (C, SR) q Mountain Plover (R, M) q Black-necked Stilt (R, M) q American Avocet (FC, SV) q Greater Yellowlegs (R, M) q Lesser Yellowlegs (R, M) q Solitary Sandpiper (R, M) q Willet (R, M) q Spotted Sandpiper (FC, SR) q Long-billed Curlew (VR, M) q Marbled Godwit (UC, M) q Sanderling (VR, M) q Semipalmated Sandpiper (UC, M) q Western Sandpiper (UC, M) q Least Sandpiper (UC, M) q Baird’s Sandpiper (UC, M) q Pectoral Sandpiper (VR, M) q Dunlin (VR, M) q Stilt Sandpiper (UC, M) q Long-billed Dowitcher (UC, M) q Wilson’s Phalarope (R, M) q Red-necked Phalarope (R, M) q Red Phalarope (VR, M) q Mourning Dove (FC, PR) Cuckoos q Greater Roadrunner (ACC, VR) Ke can Ameri Gulls & Terns q Franklin’s Gull (UC, M) q Bonaparte’s Gull (UC, M) q Ring-billed Gull (UC, SV) q California Gull (VC, SR) q Herring Gull (R, M) q Sabine’s Gull (R, M) q Caspian Tern (R, M) q Forester’s Tern (R, M) q Black Tern (UC, M) Swainson’s Hawk Pigeons & Doves q Rock Pigeon (R, PR) q Band-tailed Pigeon (UC, SV) Owls q q q q q Barn Owl (UC, PR) Flammulated Owl (V
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E ❑ Brittlefern Discovering Plants ❑ Field Horsetail ❑ Smooth Horsetail MOSS ❑ Little Club-moss AT ELEVEN MILE STATE PARK SUCCULENTS ❑ Ball Cactus ❑ Prickly Pear Cactus GLOSSARY OF TERMS Prickly Pear Cactus HELPFUL HINTS 1. Bring your eye to the plant, never bring the plant to your eye. Picking wildflowers is prohibited on public lands, and for good reason. Millions visit these lands and if everyone took home a bouquet, many species would disappear from the park forever. 4229 County Road 92 • Lake George, CO 80827 719-748-3401 • cpw.state.co.us ❑ Blue Penstemon ❑ Fendler’s False Arabis ❑ Field Sagewort ❑ Mapleleaf Goosefoot ❑ Machaeranthera ❑ Meadow Thistle ❑ Miner’s Candle ❑ Narrowleaf Goosefoot Flower – the reproductive structure of many plants ❑ Pinnate Tansymustard Forb – A broad- leaved, non-woody plant that dies back to the ground after each growing season ❑ Rocky Mountain Beeplant Grass – an annual or perennial herb with a round, hollow stem ❑ Spreading Fleabane (daisy) Herb – a narrow-leaved, non-woody plant. ❑ Winged Buckwheat Perennial – A plant that lives at least three years, usually flowering and producing fruit each year Eleven Mile State Park ❑ Bigelow Aster Biennial – A plant that lives two years, usually flowering and producing fruit in the 2nd year Moss – a non-vascular plant; able to dry up and then begin photosynthesis again immediately upon getting water 3. Take along a camera to photograph species that you can’t easily ID in the field. ❑ American Chamaerhodos ❑ Glasswort Lichen – a composite of an alga and a fungus 2. A field guide to plants will be helpful, as this is merely a checklist. NATIVE ANNUAL & BIENNIAL FORBS Annual – A plant that lives one year Fern – an ancient, vascular plant that reproduces by spores LICHENS ❑ Lichen This list is intended to represent the most commonly found plants at Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain State Parks. Let us know if you find species not listed here. s ef oot FERNS af G Maplele ❑ Pygmyflower Rockjasmine ❑ Roundfruit Yellowcress ❑ Seablight ❑ Whitlowwort ❑ Yellow Sweetclover Spreading Fleabane INTRODUCED ANNUAL & BIENNIAL FORBS ❑ Burning-bush ❑ Denseflower Pepperweed ❑ Early Stickseed ❑ Field Pennycress Shrub – A perennial broad- leaved, woody plant, typically multi-stemmed and less than 15 feet tall ❑ Flixweed Tansymustard Succulent – a plant with fleshy, water-storing stems or leaves ❑ Ironweed Tree – a perennial woody plant with a single stem (trunk), generally at least 15 feet tall ❑ Mexican Tea ❑ Horseweed ❑ Lady’s Thumb Smartweed ❑ Russian Thistle ❑ Thyme-leaved Spurge ❑ Wormseed Wallflower SEEM1204 -PDF-07/14 cpw.state.co.us oo Horseweed ❑ Littleflower Alumroot ❑ Tansy Aster ❑ Plains Bluegrass ❑ Alkali Aster ❑ Marsh Felwort ❑ Wallflower ❑ Purple Reedgrass ❑ Arrowgrass ❑ Meadow hawksbeard ❑ Western Yarrow ❑ Saltgrass ❑ Beard-tongue ❑ Meadow Lousewort ❑ Wild Buckwheat ❑ Bessey’s Stickseed ❑ Microseris ❑ Wild Tarragon ❑ Bigelow bottle Gentian ❑ Milkvetch (locoweed) ❑ Wildspikenard False Solomon’s Seal ❑ Slimstem Muhly ❑ Bladderpod ❑ Moss Campion ❑ Blue Flax ❑ Mount Elbert Goldenrod INTRODUCED PERENNIAL FORBS ❑ Sun Sedge ❑ Bodin Milkvetch ❑ Mountain Strawberry ❑ Branched Blue-eyed Grass ❑ Nodding Onion ❑ Parry Bellflower ❑ Colorado Rubberweed ❑ Pasqueflower ❑ Common Mare’s tail ❑ Pasture Sage ❑ Creeping Nailwort ❑ Plains Indian Paintbrush ❑ Desert Sandwort ❑ Platte River Milkvetch ❑ Diamond Milkvetch ❑ Pretty Draba ❑ Drummond Campion ❑ Prickly Gilia ❑ Dwarf Columbine ❑ Pussytoes ❑ Englemann Fleabane er bb Ru Colorado ❑ Rocky Mountain Iris ❑ Fendler’s Ragwort ❑ Scarlet Gilia ❑ Fieldmint ❑ Sea Milkwort ❑ Fringed Sage ❑ Sheep Cinquefoil ❑ Golden Smoke ❑ Shore Buttercup ❑ Groundsel ❑ Showy Fleabane ❑ Gumweed Aster ❑ Silky Locoweed ❑ Hairy Golden Aster ❑ Silver Thistle ❑ Harebell ❑ Silverweed ❑ Hooded Ladies’ Tresses ❑ Siskiyou Aster ❑ Horse Cinquefoil ❑ Skeletonweed ❑ Kitten-tail ❑ Slenderfoot Willowherb ❑ Lanceleaf Bluebells ❑ Small-leaf Geranium ❑ Large-leaved Avens ❑ Spotted Saxifrage ❑ Laxmann’s Milkvetch ❑ Little Gentian Lanceleaf Bluebells ❑ Perennial Sow-thistle NATIVE SHRUBS ❑ Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany False Buffalograss ❑ Douglas Rabbitbrush NATIVE PERENNIAL GRASSES ❑ Gooseberry Currant ❑ Horsebrush ❑ Kinnickkinnick ❑ Rubber Rabbitbrush ❑ Alkali Sacaton ❑ Sand Bar Willow ❑ Arizona Fescue ❑ Shrubby Cinquefoil ❑ Baltic Rush ❑ Spanish Bayonet ❑ Beaked Sedge ❑ Trumpet Gooseberry ❑ Blackcreeper Sedge ❑ Wax Currant ❑ Bottlebrush Squirrel Tail ❑ Winterfat ❑ Elk Sedge ❑ Wood’s Rose ❑ Foxtail Sedge ❑ Junegrass NATIVE TREES ❑ Mat Muhly ❑ Douglas-fir ❑ Montana Wheatgrass ❑ Engelmann Spruce ❑ Mountain Muhly ❑ Mutton Bluegrass ❑ Needle-and-thread Grass ❑ Northern Reedgrass ❑ Parry’s Oatgrass ❑ Pine Dropseed American Red Raspberry ❑ Viscid Rabbitbru
COLORADO PA R K S & WILDLIFE Your Guide to Colorado’s 41 State Parks 2018 Edition cpw.state.co.us CAMPING RESERVATIONS • 1-800-244-5613 • cpw.state.co.us i Welcome to Your State Parks! Wherever you go in Colorado, there’s Cheyenne Mountain a state park waiting to welcome State Park you. Mountains or prairies, rivers or forests, out in the country or next to the city… Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water. On a high peak or on the prairie. In the country or the city. In spring, summer, winter or fall. Golden Gate Canyon State Park State parks are great places for families. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy together such as boating, hiking or picnicking, as well as organized nature walks, talks and events. Junior Ranger programs, activity backpacks, kid-friendly hikes and fishing ponds for kids are among the many offerings for youth. From toddler to teen and adult to senior, every family member can enjoy their activity of choice, then come together to share a meal and stories around the campfire. Whether you’re an active outdoor recreationist or prefer to spend time watching clouds go by, you’ll enjoy the special moments waiting for you in the state parks. Rifle Gap State Park Cover photos: Large photo: State Forest State Park; lower left: Pearl Lake State Park; lower center: Elkhead State Park; lower right: Lory State Park Plan Your Visit Colorado’s state parks are open every day of the year, weather permitting. Day-use areas are generally open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and some parks may have closed gates after hours. Campgrounds are open 24 hours a day. Contact individual parks for hours of operation. Check our website for seasonal or maintenance closures: cpw.state.co.us Entrance Passes All Colorado state parks charge an entrance fee. Cost of a daily pass may vary by park ($7–$9). A pass covers all occupants of a vehicle and is valid until noon the day after purchase. Some parks may charge a per-person fee for cyclists and walk-ins. Fees are used to help pay operating costs. Cherry Creek State Park charges an additional fee for the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority. Annual Pass Who doesn’t love a deal? And the state parks annual pass is a great one. For just one low price, the annual pass lets you enjoy all 41 state parks for unlimited visits for 12 months from date of purchase. That’s all the parks. That’s unlimited times. The annual pass pays for itself in as few as 10 visits. If you’re a Colorado resident who’s 64 years or older, there’s even a further discounted Aspen Leaf annual pass. There are also passes for disabled and income-eligible residents. For details and to purchase a pass, visit a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office, state park or buy online: cpw.state.co.us Extend Your Stay Make more of your state park visit by staying overnight. Bring your tent or RV, spend a cozy night in a cabin, camp in a tipi or discover a comfortable, year-round alternative State Forest State Park to traditional camping with a yurt. All together, the state parks have more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts. Almost 300 campsites are ADA accessible. Many parks offer campsites or cabins for large groups. Heated cabins and yurts make a park getaway suitable any season of the year. Camping Reservations Summer weekends fill up quickly so advance reservations for overnight stays are recommended. Reservations can be made six months to three days ahead of arrival. Reserve online: cpw.state.co.us Toll Free: 1-800-244-5613 A nonrefundable reservation fee applies to bookings, and visitors must purchase a daily or annual entrance pass in addition to paying camping and reservation fees. Unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 What Can I Do There? Colorado’s state parks are places to have fun, get away, recreate and re-create. Here are some park activities to help you do that: Fishing Top-notch fishing awaits anglers in 37 state parks across Colorado. Think Gold Medal Waters and trophy fish. A valid fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years and older. Licenses and our annual Colorado Fishing regulations brochure are available online, at most parks and at CPW authorized sales agents. Water Sports Many state parks are built around a lake or Crawford waterway, which means boating and other water State Park sports are among the headliners. Larger parks offer boat rentals and full-service marinas. Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Col
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E 2020 Colorado State Recreation Lands INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STATE WILDLIFE AREAS, STATE TRUST LANDS, STATE PARKS cpw.state.co.us ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS LINKS TO MAPS MAKE CAMPING & HUNTING RESERVATIONS ONLINE! STATE WILDLIFE AREAS STATE FISHING WATERS STATE TRUST LANDS STATE PARKS Cherry Creek State Park © Nora Logue VIDEOS CHECK OUT THE 360 VIDEOS OF COLORADO’S STATE PARKS! 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING #TAKEAKIDFISHING G.E.M. TRAIL NOW OPEN IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS! CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2020................................................1 cpw.state.co.us COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 RESERVATIONS......................................................1 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. ■ Abbreviation key................................................................................1 STATE FISH UNITS (SFUs)........................................2 ■ What is an SFU?..................................................................................2 ■ SFU properties & regulations..............................................................2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR Dan Prenzlow COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEMBERS, as of July 2020 STATE WILDLIFE AREAS (SWAs)......................... 3–29 Marvin McDaniel, Chair Carrie Besnette Hauser, Vice-Chair Marie Haskett, Secretary Taishya Adams Betsy Blecha Charles Garcia Dallas May ■ What is an SWA?.................................................................................3 ■ SWA access rules................................................................................3 ■ SWA properties & regulations..................................................... 4–29 STATE TRUST LANDS (STLs) PUBLIC ACCESS PROGRAM.............................. 30–51 ■ What are trust lands? What is the STL public access program?.............30 ■ State trust lands FAQs/access rules...................................................30 ■ State trust lands public access properties & regulations............ 31–51 REGULATION BROCHURE EDITOR Chelsea Harlan PRINTED STATE PARKS................................................. 52–59 The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) receives federal financial assistance from multiple bureaus within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as amended), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age. In addition, CPW adheres to all antidiscrimination laws of the state of Colorado. For more information on how to request an accommodation or to file a grievance, please visit cpw.state.co.us/accessibility. MAPS............................................................ 60–65 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northeast ..........60 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southeast ..........61 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northwest .........62 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southwest ........63 ■ NEW State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Central close-up.............................64 ■ Game management units (GMUs)....................................................65 NOTICE: Laws and regulations in this brochure are paraphrased for easier understanding and are intended only as a guide. Complete Colorado wildlife statutes and regulations are available at CPW offices listed below and online: cpw.state.co.us/regulations CPW REGIONAL AND AREA OFFICE LOCATIONS ADMINISTRATION 1313 Sherman St., #618 Denver, 80203 303-297-1192 (M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. MT) LANDS INDEX BY COUNTY............................... 66–73 ■ State fish units, state wildlife areas, state trust lands, state parks GET THE BROCHURE ONLINE: cpw.state.co.us/rec-lands Send us your outdoor photos and stories for a chance to be featured on a brochure cover or CPW's online blog! HUNTER.TESTIMONIALS@STATE.CO.US COVER: ▶ Gone fishing at Sylvan Lake State Park. © Dustin Doskocil for CPW OTHER PHOTOS, LEFT TO RIGHT: ▶ Mountain biking at Trinidad Lake State Park. © Thomas Kimmell for CPW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STAT
WHAT'S NEW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & LICENSES W I L D L I F E 2021 Colorado Fishing SEASON: MARCH 1, 2021–MARCH 31, 2022 cpw.state.co.us 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: APRIL 19, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS PAGE 1 The qualifying age for applying for a senior lifetime low-income fishing license was incorrectly listed as 65 and older at the time of publication. The correct information is: Senior lifetime low-income fishing licenses are available for Colorado residents age 64 and older. Go online for full eligibility requirements: cpw.state. co.us The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. page 1 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE BACK PAGE BACK COVER The contest start date for Take a Friend Fishing was incorrect at the time of publication. The correct information is: The contest starts APRIL 1, 2021! Go online for contest rules and how to enter: cpw.state.co.us/ takeafriend The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. back cover ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS VIDEOS FISHING FOR HIP HOP: COLORADO STYLE FISHING FUNDS CONSERVATION 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING © CPW GET THE CPW FISHING APPS: The CPW Fishing app can help you discover over 1,300 fishing locations, check local conditions, read up on regulations and more! The CPW Match a Hatch app can help you match your fly to the same insects where you’re fishing! CO OUTDOORS “QUICK TIP”: SPINCAST REELS CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2021................................................ 1 cpw.state.co.us LICENSE INFORMATION...................................... 1–2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 ■ License & Habitat Stamp fees........................................................................1 ■ What you need to buy a fishing license; license requirements......................1 ■ Residency requirements; Habitat Stamps; anglers with disabilities..............2 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. GENERAL INFORMATION.................................... 3–7 Dan Prenzlow ■ Fishery programs: Gold Medal Waters; Wild Trout; stream surveys.................3 ■ State records program: Records by Weight; Records by Length......................4 ■ State Records by Weight award table.............................................................4 ■ Master Angler program; award lengths.........................................................5 ■ Help improve your fisheries............................................................................5 ■ Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).....................................................................6 ■ Fishing terms glossary...................................................................................7 ■ Online fishing information resources.............................................................7 FISHING LAWS................................................. 8–10 ■ Legal fishing methods....................................................................................8 ■ Special conditions & restrictions...............................................................8−9 ■ Statewide bag & possession limits...............................................................10 ■ MAP: Wiper/white bass & walleye/saugeye bag limits................................10 SPECIAL REGULATIONS: FISHING WATERS........11–39 ■ MAP: Upper Arkansas River.........................................................................12 ■ MAP: Blue River Basin.................................................................................13 ■ MAP: Middle Colorado & Eagle Rivers..........................................................15 ■ MAP: Upper Colorado River — Headwaters to Radium...............................16 ■ MAP: Conejos & Alamosa River Drainages...................................................18 ■ MAP: Upper Gunnison Basin — Taylor Park Res. to Blue Mesa Res..............19 ■ MAP: NEW North Fork Gunnison Basin — Hotchkiss to McClure

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