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State campgrounds: no vacancy

Early reservations fill Routt County campsites for July 4

People who feel the urge to embark on a spontaneous camping trip this holiday weekend will find little or no room at the three state park campgrounds in Routt County.

Yampa River State Park, Steamboat Lake/Pearl Lake State Park and Stagecoach State Park were all either full or within a few campsites of being booked solid for the weekend as of Tuesday afternoon.

Stagecoach Park Ranger Mike Wall said his 92 campsites 16 miles south of Steamboat Springs were spoken for Friday and Saturday night, with two remaining for Sunday. He expected the last two sites for Sunday to fill up by the end of the day Tuesday but had some availability again Monday night.



Spring runoff wasn’t sufficient to fill Stagecoach Reservoir this year, but Wall said his guests won’t notice.

“The reservoir is 3 feet down, but you really can’t tell because it gets deep so quickly,” Wall said. “The swimming beach is in good shape.”



Vicki Runnion at Yampa River State Park said five of 50 campsites at the headquarters two miles west of Hayden were available for this weekend, but she didn’t expect them to last long.

Runnion said the campground would play host to a significant number of campers visiting the area for the Triple Crown slowpitch softball tournament this weekend.

Yampa River State Park comprises a series of eight public access points for boating on the river, and there is sufficient streamflow for canoeing this week. Paddlers must respect private property between access points, and more information may be obtained at the park headquarters (276-2061).

Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake (879-3922) offer 224 campsites, but campers shouldn’t expect to be able to drive up to the campground this weekend and find an available site.

“We have slim possibilities of having any availability this weekend,” parks employee Sheila Kinyon said.

Campers at Steamboat Lake should be prepared for brisk evening weather. Kinyon said the cool rain showers that have swept through the region the past two weeks have kept people from enjoying the swimming beach at the park 26 miles northwest of Steamboat.

Daily admission to state parks is $5. Nightly camping fees at Steamboat Lake range from $12 to $18. Camping fees at Stagecoach range from $7 to $18.

Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake campers will be allowed to enjoy campfires in designated fire rings this holiday weekend.

Fireworks of all kinds are prohibited.

Wall asks that boaters at Stagecoach (736-2436) watch out for one another and observe the custom of driving in a counterclockwise direction.

The legal age to drive a boat is 16, although 14- and 15-year-olds may drive a boat if they have obtained a boater safety card.

Boaters are subject to drunken-driving laws, just as motorists are, Wall said.

— To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com


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