North Routt parks offer swimming, boating, camping
From camping to swimming, a North Routt County park sitting at the base of magnificent Hahn’s Peak offers plenty to do.
Steamboat Lake State Park, about 27 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129, is a 1,550-acre park that sits only a few miles from the Continental Divide.
Whether it’s camping, fishing, hiking or boating you seek, Steamboat Lake State Park offers something for everyone. Water skiing and other boating activities are permitted on the 1,053-acre lake, which boasts a full-service marina. Areas of the lake are wakeless, and boaters are subject to state boating regulations.
Also, a swim beach is located in the park’s Dutch Hill area.
Steamboat Lake State Park has nearly 200 campsites that accommodate tents, campers and trailers. Many of the campsites sit within stands of aspen and lodgepole pine trees, and some are near the shoreline. A camper services building provides showers, toilets and laundry facilities. Nightly campsite rentals range from $12 to $18, depending on location and whether the site offers electrical hookups.
Visitors also can rent one of the 10 nightly cabins available.
Because of the park’s popularity, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at http://www.parks.state.co.us or by calling 1-800-678-2267. For information about the park, call 879-3922. Parking is $5 per day or $55 for an annual pass.
Guided hikes and other nature programs are offered throughout the summer. Saturday evening amphitheater programs with information such as wildlife and history of the area will be offered. There are children’s programs offered during the week, and a crawdad-catching program is offered during the weekend.
Just a few miles south of Steamboat Lake State Park is Pearl Lake State Park, a less-visited recreation area that offers more solitude than its busy neighbor to the north. About three dozen campsites as well as two yurts are available at the 169-acre Pearl Lake State Park, which offers good fishing and more than 100 miles of trails. Pearl Lake is wakeless.
In addition to the state parks, numerous outfitters and guest ranches in the area provide a plethora of recreational opportunities, from horseback riding to park trips and all-terrain vehicle tours.
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