James M. Robb - Colorado River
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Passes And Permits A Colorado State Parks Pass is required on all motor vehicles entering the park. All passes must be affixed to the lower right inside of the windshield. An ANNUAL PASS is valid at any Colorado State Park. The ASPEN LEAF annual pass is available to Colorado seniors at a discounted rate. Daily passes are valid until noon the following day. Passes are available at all state park offices. Daily passes and camping permits may also be purchased at self service stations located at the entrance to many park areas. Colorado disabled veterans displaying the Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass. However, a camping fee is charged. All campers are required to purchase a valid camping permit. C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E James M. Robb Colorado River State Park ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS James M. Robb Colorado River State Park PO Box 700 • Clifton, CO 81520 Corn Lake: (970) 434-3388 Island Acres: (970) 464-0548 Fruita: (970) 858-9188 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cpw.state.co.us Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. CPW_RMCR_7500_2/18 cpw.state.co.us Picnicking Picnicking is a popular activity at every section of the park. Tables and charcoal grills are provided at all sections except Colorado River Wildlife Area. Located along the park lakes, trails and river, sites may vary from open, shaded, covered or fully accessible. The sites are available year-round on a first-come, firstserved basis. Two group picnic sites are available at the Island Acres section and one group picnic site is available at the Fruita section. Perfect locations for weddings, reunions, company picnics and other celebrations, these sites provide private accommodations for large groups such as shade, shelter, potable water, electricity, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. There is close access to fishing and hiking trails. Reservations for group picnic areas can be made 6 months in advance by calling (970) 858-9188 (Fruita) or (970) 464-0548 (Island Acres). Camping Island Acres and Fruita are the two sections of the park that offer camping. At Island Acres, there are 80 sites available, 40 with full hookups(water, sewer and electricity), 34 sites with electricity and 6 tent sites. At Island Acres, shade is available in many sites and a canyon breeze is almost always guaranteed. At Fruita, there are 57 sites available, 22 with full hook-ups, 22 with electrical hook-ups, and 13 tent sites. Shade shelters are available at most of the campsites at Fruita, and refreshing breezes are common. A group camping area can be reserved at Fruita by calling (970) 858-9188. Both campgrounds have coin operated showers, laundry and vending machines. Firewood collection is prohibited but can be purchased from park staff. Please remember that staffing and amenities are reduced during the winter. Water is not available at individual campsites and the shower buildings and flush toilets are closed from November through March. If conditions warrant, water may be turned on earlier. Dump stations are available at both campgrounds for use by all campers with a valid camping permit. While enjoying the park's amenities, remember that the Grand Valley area is rich with many recreational and cultural opportunities. Find information at the park office or online at www. visitgrandjunction.com. In addition to your park pass, a valid camping permit is required for each night’s stay and must be displayed on the campsite marker provided at the site. Camping is permitted in designated sites only. Campsites can be reserved as early as 6 months in advance with a minimum of 3 days in advance. There is a 14 night stay maximum. Reservations can be made online at cpw.state.co.us and also by calling 1-800-244-5613. Community Facilities Gas/service stations, grocery stores, restaurants and religious facilities are available in Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita and the surrounding communities. There are two hospitals in Grand Junction and one hospital in Fruita. First Aid First aid can be obtained from any park ranger or at the entry station and park office when they are open, or dial 911. Accessible Facilities The Corn Lake and Connected Lakes sections provide accessible picnic areas, parking areas and restrooms. The Island Acres and Fruita sections provide accessible parking areas, restrooms and campsites. Corn Lake provides two wheelchair accessible fishing piers. Connected Lakes has five wheelchair accessible fishing sites. Park Headquarters Corn Lake is the park headquarters which is located at 361 32 Rd in Clifton. With the exception of government holidays, the office is open M-F, 8 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. with extended and weekend hours during the summer and big game seasons. Park facilities are day use only and are available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round. The phone number at Corn Lake is (970) 434-3388. This park also has two satellite offices. One is located at the Island Acres Section and one is located at the Fruita Section. Both offices are staffed during the summer with reduced hours during the off season. Please call the satellite office directly for current hours. The phone number for the Fruita section is (970) 858-9188 while the phone number for the Island Acres section is (970) 464-0548. Registrations for boats, OHV and snowmobiles can be obtained at the Corn Lake, Island Acres and Fruita sections. Fishing and hunting licenses are available at Corn Lake, Island Acres and Fruita sections. A Visitor Center and retail store is located at the Fruita section. Regulations James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park was built and is maintained for your use and enjoyment. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park visitors, please observe the following regulations: 1. K eep all pets under control and on a leash no more than six feet long. 2. O perate motorized vehicles on designated roads and parking lots only. 3. P lace all trash and litter in the receptacles provided. 4. B uild fires only in the fire rings and grills provided. 5. G lass containers and pets are not allowed on swim beaches. 6. Report any problems to a park ranger. Trails James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park plays a vital role in the ongoing effort to extend the vision of our namesake and extend the Riverfront trail. The three mile section of trail that runs from 29 Road past the Wildlife Area and onto Corn Lake is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and is open to all users from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. From Corn Lake, the Riverfront trail continues east for another 1.5 miles to 33 1/2 Road in Clifton. This section of trail is managed by Mesa County. Each of the park sections offers hiking and biking. Connected Lakes has nearly four miles of trails, some paved and some hard packed. A connecting trail runs between the lakes along the Redlands Canal and the Colorado River. The Fruita section has a concrete trail linking the park with the newest sections of the Riverfront Trail, traveling north to Fruita and west towards Loma. Fruita also has a one-mile gravel trail around Red Rock Lake. The Island Acres section has a .75 mile, self-guided, hard-packed trail following the course of the Colorado River. Hikers view the park while taking a pleasant stroll through the area’s geological history. Water Sports Hand-propelled crafts and boats with electric trolling motors are allowed on all waters except Swimmin' Hole at Island Acres, the Wildlife Area and the Beswick Parcel in Pear Park. Boats with gas motors are not permitted on any lake in the park. Trailer launching is not allowed at any of the lake access points. Swimming is permitted at Island Acres. Swim at your own risk as lifeguards are not provided. Boat access to the Colorado River is available at Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita. Rafting, tubing and canoeing are popular river activities to cool you off on a hot day. Several river outfitters located in the area provide guided rafting trips, lessons and equipment rentals. Wildlife The best time for viewing wildlife is in the early morning and early evening. Waterfowl, shorebirds, birds of prey, including osprey, bald and golden eagles, many different songbirds and other game birds such as dove and quail may be found at any section of the park. The careful observer may see mule deer, skunk, cottontail rabbits and beaver, all of which are common to the park and the surrounding area. Fishing James M. Robb Colorado River State Park offers a variety of fishing opportunities year round. Whether you desire to fish quiet ponds or river waters for warm or cold water species, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park has it all. The Colorado River has a variety of species. Most popular are the bullhead catfish that are frequently pulled from its waters. Remember that several endangered fish species inhabit the river and must be immediately released unharmed if caught. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks Old Orchard and Roans Pothole at Island Acres, Corn Lake and Fruita with catchable size rainbow trout. Bullhead Flats at Island Acres has a selfsustaining population of bullhead catfish. Corn Lake, Colorado River Wildlife Area, Duke Lake and Connected Lakes all have selfsustaining populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. Winter Recreation During the winter the park is open for ice skating and ice fishing when conditions permit. Paved trails are maintained and all trails are open for hiking, walking and biking James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park - FRUITA SECTION Fruita 6 70 ISLAND ACRES 50 Dik CONNECTED LAKES eR oad Broadway F Road North Ave. Grand Ave. oop ess L Busin B½ Road 50 I-70 D Road CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK r ive oR ad lor Co 32 Road 50 30 Road 6 29 Road 340 Bookcliff Lake 70 70 12th Street Rive r 25 Road rado 1st Street Colo 23 Road 17 Road FRUITA Exit 19 Exit 47 The Fruita section is open year-round for camping and day-use activities. The day-use area closes at 10:00 p.m. The Fruita section is located south of Exit 19 on Interstate 70 on State Highway 340, adjacent to the Colorado River. The Fruita section is enjoyed by Grand Valley residents and is the first section of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park travelers can visit coming from the west into Colorado on Interstate 70. With magnificent views of both the Colorado National Monument and the Book Cliffs area, the Fruita section provides exceptional camping facilities, lake fishing, and boating, lovely picnic sites, seasonal birding, a walkway along the Colorado River, and a large Visitor Center. Nearby are renowned mountain biking trails, dinosaur sites and red rock hiking. The phone number for the Fruita section is (970) 858-9188. LEGEND Red Rocks Lake TO MAKE CAMPING RESERVATIONS: Please call 1-800-244-5613 Reserve online at cpw.state.co.us James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park - CONNECTED LAKES SECTION Connected Lakes 6 70 Dik CONNECTED LAKES eR oad Broadway F Road North Ave. Grand Ave. oop ess L Busin B½ Road 50 I-70 D Road C CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK r ive oR ad r olo 32 Road 50 30 Road 6 70 29 Road 340 70 1st Street Rive r 12th Street rado 25 Road Colo 23 Road Exit 47 17 Road FRUITA Exit 19 LEGEND ISLAND ACRES 50 The Connected Lakes section is a day-use park open daily 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. To reach the park, take Highway 340 (Broadway) to Power Road and turn north. Then turn right on Dike Rd. which leads to the park. Connected Lakes provides a network of trails that traverse a series of ponds. Visitors find a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing, picnicking, hiking and bird watching. Amenities include: • River launch site for boaters and rafters • Several disabled fishing piers/ structure/access • Picnic shelters • Warm water fishing only (check current Fishing brochure for regulations) • Boating (electric motors only in ponds) Connected Lakes Trail Mileage From Mileage Tailrace lot to Promontory Point (one way) 1.00 Duke Lake lot along Waterfowl Loop Trail to Promontory Point Trail and back 1.75 Duke Lake lot to Kingfisher lot on sidewalk (one way) .21 Kingfisher lot to Waterfowl Loop Trail, around Endangered Fish Lake on Promontory Point Trail and back 1.46 Kingfisher lot to Waterfowl Loop Trail, across The Causeway to Promontory Point Trail and back 1.06 Beavertail lot to Osprey Point and back .28 James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK TRAIL SECTION Colorado River Wildlife Area Colorado River Pear Park 6 Exit 47 Dik CONNECTED LAKES eR oad Broadway F Road North Ave. Grand Ave. oop ess L Busin B½ Road 50 I-70 D Road r ive oR rad lo Co 32 Road 50 30 Road 6 29 Road 340 70 70 12th Street Rive r 1st Street rado 25 Road Colo 23 Road FRUITA Exit 19 Located one mile west of Corn Lake on D Road, the Colorado River Wildlife Area was jointly purchased by Colorado State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. This area was constructed to replace wetlands lost during the Grand Valley Salinity Control period. Since the primary management emphasis is on protection and enhancement of wildlife and wetlands habitat, recreation facilities have been kept to a minimum. Hiking, wildlife observation and environmental education activities are available here. Boating is not available. Fishing access is on the south and west sides of the lake only. ISLAND ACRES 50 17 Road An area of southeast Grand Junction has been known as Pear Park since the 1880s. Early settlers in the Grand Valley planted and established orchards along the Colorado River near D Road and 27 1/2 Road. In the 1890s land was offered for sale in the vicinity of 30 and D Roads and the lands were specifically marketed for their orchard potential. The numerous small lakes in the Pear Park Trail section provide critical habitat for endangered fish. Opportunities for hiking and wildlife observation abound. None of the lakes are stocked with fish, and fishing and boating are prohibited on Beswick Pond. Pear Park also has waterfowl hunting on the 29 5/8 pond. Habitat improvement in this area was funded with GOCO and sportsmen's dollars. Further information is available in the Waterfowl regulation brochure. 70 CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK LEGEND COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA Drinking Water (Section of JMR Colorado River State Park) Restrooms Watchable Wildlife Paved Trail C ½ Road Nesbitt Lake 29 5/8 Beswick Pond Mesa County Pond Pond LEGEND Hiking N Bridge To Orchard Mesa L WI k) TE par TA tate S s f S D rt o AN t pa ISL - no R a E re Hunting Parking Hunting Blind Trail L CO RIV life A DO (Wild A OR A RE EA IF DL 30 Road Road 29 Tipping Pond James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park - CORN LAKE SECTION Corn Lake 6 70 Dik CONNECTED LAKES eR oad Broadway F Road North Ave. Grand Ave. oop ess L Busin B½ Road 50 I-70 D Road CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK r ive oR ad lor Co 32 Road 50 30 Road 6 70 29 Road 340 70 1st Street Rive r 12th Street rado 25 Road Colo 23 Road Exit 47 17 Road FRUITA Exit 19 LEGEND ISLAND ACRES 50 The Corn Lake section is a day-use only park. Corn Lake, located at 32 Road and the Colorado River, serves as headquarters for the park. Corn Lake was acquired by Colorado Parks & Wildlife as the first in a series of planned acquisitions that will link parks and trails from Island Acres to the Loma boat launch. Corn Lake provides a launching site for boaters and rafters to the Colorado River. A .9-mile hardpacked trail follows the lakeshore. The trail provides access to both the Colorado River and Corn Lake for fishing and is used by hikers and bicyclists. The park also offers picnic sites and restrooms for physically challenged visitors. Park hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park office is open M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for government holidays. During the summer and big game seasons, there are extended office hours. Corn Lake offers both warm and cold water fishing and picnic shelters. The park is stocked with black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, and trout each spring and fall. The phone number for the park office is (970) 434-3388. James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park - ISLAND ACRES SECTION LEGEND Tent Pads Parking Trees Park Office Water Picnic Area Unpaved Trail Rive r 340 70 6 50 Dik A LOOP has electrical hook-ups at all sites. The following campsites are accessible: B LOOP is tents only. 17 18 19 39 41 56 80 C LOOP and D LOOP have full sevice hook-ups at all sites. CONNECTED LAKES 70 F Road North Ave. eR oad Broadway I-70 oop ess L Grand Ave. Busin D Road 50 14 15 18 19 16 13 20 21 12 22 9 25 29 Sites 1 - 34 7 8 26 28 10 11 24 23 CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK B½ Road 17 5 6 30 4 32 27 33 31 2 3 40 38 39 35 36 76 A LOOP B LOOP 74 68 73 is tents only. C LOOP and D LOOP 42 71 79 66 Sites 61 - 80 48 57 49 50 65 51 64 TO MAKE CAMPING RESERVATIONS: 58 47 63 67 have full service hook-ups at all sites 45 61 62 70 59 44 43 69 has electrical hook-ups at all sites. 60 80 78 Sites 35 - 40 37 41 77 72 The Island Acres section is open year- round for camping and day-use activities. The day-use area closes at 10:00 p.m. Island Acres is located at Exit 47 on Interstate 70 in the scenic Debeque Canyon. The park is enjoyed by Grand Valley residents and outof-state visitors as a convenient and attractive place to fish, camp, picnic and/or hike along the Colorado River or near any of the lakes in the park. As the Colorado River and other erosional forces shaped the canyon, a large island was left in the middle of the river. The history of the canyon and its island reflects the history and constantly changing face of the West. A man made dike built in the 1950s eliminated the true island characteristics of the area, but not its usefulness as a public recreation site. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has managed the area since 1968. The office phone number for Island Acres is (970) 464-0548. The office is staffed during the summer; however, staffing levels decrease during the off season. 1 34 75 r ive oR ad lor Co 32 Road Group Picnic Area rado 30 Road Colo Tent Camping 29 Road Exit 19 1st Street FRUITA Swim Beach Exit 47 12th Street Showers ISLAND ACRES 50 25 Road Electric Hookup 70 23 Road Restrooms 17 Road Dump Station Full Utility Hookups Island Acres 6 56 52 54 53 55 Sites 41 - 60 Please call 1-800-244-5613 Reserve online at cpw.state.co.us James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park 6 70 ISLAND ACRES 50 50 Dik CONNECTED LAKES eR oad Broadway F Road North Ave. Grand Ave. oop ess L Busin B½ Road 50 J I-70 D Road Co r ive oR ad lor 32 Road 6 30 Road 340 70 70 29 Road r 12th Street Rive 1st Street rado 25 Road Colo 23 Road 17 Road FRUITA Exit 19 Exit 47 CORN LAKE COLORADO RIVER WILDLIFE AREA & PEAR PARK ames M. Robb - Colorado River State Park offers outdoor enthusiasts wonderful access to the Colorado River corridor. Whether you visit the park to rest or play, its diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities will entertain you. The Island Acres section provides a comfortable and lovely setting for swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. The park links together various trails along the river corridor from Island Acres on the east side to the Fruita section to the west. Along this trail system there are numerous picnic sites and fishing opportunities. The Colorado River Wildlife Area features hiking, fishing, and wildlife observation. This section is accessed off of D Rd. west of Corn Lake. The Corn Lake section is popular for fishing, hiking, picnicking and as a launch site for boaters and rafters into the Colorado River. The Connected Lakes section offers fishing, picnicking, bird watching and hiking on the many different trails. This section also offers a boat and raft launch area to the Colorado River. The Fruita section features a Visitor Center, camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and a launch site for boaters and rafters into the Colorado River.