Jackson Lake

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Jackson Lake State Park is located northeast of Orchard, Colorado in western Morgan County, Colorado. It is situated on 2,411-acre (9.76 km2) Jackson reservoir and was built in the early 20th century. The reservoir receives water from the South Platte River and stores it for irrigation throughout the summer months. The park offers 260 camping spaces, fishing, boating, and various other activities such as bird watching, hunting, and an OHV track.

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Jackson Lake SP https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/jacksonlake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Lake_State_Park_(Colorado) Jackson Lake State Park is located northeast of Orchard, Colorado in western Morgan County, Colorado. It is situated on 2,411-acre (9.76 km2) Jackson reservoir and was built in the early 20th century. The reservoir receives water from the South Platte River and stores it for irrigation throughout the summer months. The park offers 260 camping spaces, fishing, boating, and various other activities such as bird watching, hunting, and an OHV track.
Trails Jackson Lake has a 1.75 mile trail that begins at the Visitor Center and runs north to Northview Campground. Part of the trail is a self guided nature trail. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. OHV Track The OHV track is located on the south side of the park. It is a 1.5 mile track designed with the novice rider in mind. Only registered OHVs and dirt bikes are allowed on the track. Larger vehicles such as dune buggies are not allowed. Every OHV must have current registration and every vehicle must have a vehicle pass. The OHV must be hauled to the staging area. OHVs are not permitted in campgrounds or on any roads. Track rules are posted at the staging area. The track is open every day 8:00 a.m. to sunset. C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Jackson Lake State Park ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS Besides providing a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, the 2,500 surface-acre reservoir holds water used to irrigate thousands of acres of Colorado farmland to the south and east. The reservoir was built during the turn of the century and incorporates an existing lake. The surrounding park land covers an area of 892 acres. Established in 1965, Jackson Lake State Park is administered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. If you have questions or comments about the area, please consult the park manager at Jackson Lake State Park at (970) 645-2551. (Located next to boat ramp) Ice • Groceries • Pop • Beer • Atm Bait • Boating Supplies Skiing Equipment • Fishing Licenses Supplies • Gas & Oil Firewood • Boat & Jet Ski Rentals • Dry Storage Passes, Permits, Fees Visitors to Jackson Lake State Park are required to display a current Colorado State Parks Pass on their vehicle. Two types of passes are available. A daily vehicle pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the following day. Annual vehicle passes are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. For annual pass holders who own another car, a multiple pass is available at a discounted rate. Passes are available at the park entrances and at the Visitor Center. Open weekends in April Open 7 days a week starting in May (970) 645-BOAT(2628) Colorado residents 64 years of age or older qualify for a special Aspen Leaf Annual Pass, available at a discounted rate. Colorado Disabled Veterans who display Colorado Disabled Veterans (DV) license plates are admitted free to all state parks without a pass. Jackson Lake State Park #26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551 E-mail: dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us In addition to a vehicle pass, campers are required to purchase and display a camping permit at their campsite. cpw.state.co.us Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. O nce known primarily for the hunting around its banks, Jackson Lake State Park has become one of Colorado’s finest outdoor recreation and water sports sites. The area is known for its shoreline camping and its large, warmwater reservoir with sandy bottom and beaches. For fun in the sun and unlimited recreational opportunities, Jackson Lake is the place. Picnicking CPW_HPJA_5K_3/18 cpw.state.co.us Jackson Lake offers 60 picnic sites. The Centennial group picnic area is available by reservation through the park office. Water Sports All areas of Jackson Lake are open to water-skiing. Boats traveling above a wakeless speed must stay at least 150 feet from moored vessels and shoreline fishermen. Both an observer and an operator must be in any boat that is towing a skier. Ski counter-clockwise, and please spread out across the reservoir to avoid dangerous congestion. Jackson Lake’s sandy beaches and gradually sloping lake bottom make it ideal for swimming. Swimming is entirely at the individual’s own risk. Fires are not permitted along the beaches. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Swimming Swimming is allowed in the no wake zones on the west and south shores. Swimming is not allowed beyond the no wake buoys. Swimming is at your own risk so take the necessary precautions. Boating A boat ramp is located on the west shore of the lake. All boats must comply with current Colorado boating statutes and regulations available in pamphlet form at the entrance stations and Visitor Center. All vessels must be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species prior to entering the boat ramp area or launching. The lake is closed to boating on November 1st and until ALL ice is off the reservoir. Hand-propelled craft may be used to set out decoys and to retrieve downed waterfowl on areas open to hunting. Shoreline Marina provides food and drink, boat rentals, boat storage, fuel and boating, fishing, camping and picnic supplies. Camping Jackson Lake State Park has 260 campsites available for your enjoyment. Most accommodate campers or trailers and tents. Facilities include showers, toilets, laundry, electric hookups and drinking water. Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Camping permits expire at noo
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Jackson Lake State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Jackson Lake State Park is a great place for families, camping and water sports. Conveniently located near Denver, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Jackson Lake State Park is one of the most popular recreational lakes in northern Colorado. Visitors love Jackson’s beautiful beaches, warm water and sandy lake bottom. The park offers 259 campsites (163 with electrical outlets) and year-round camping. Other popular activities at Jackson include pleasure boating, water skiing, OHV riding, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, wildlife observation and hunting. During the winter, the park offers camping, wildlife observation, photography, ice fishing, ice skating, OHV riding and hunting. Visitors to Jackson Lake State Park spend over $10 million annually in local communities.1 Top attractions • Ranked one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by a national camping service, Jackson Lake State Park offers shoreline camping, which is not often found at other reservoirs in Colorado. • The ice usually comes off the reservoir by early March, providing one of the best early boating opportunities in Colorado. • The beautiful, natural sand beaches, warm water and gradual drop-off are very popular with swimmers and sunbathers. The large warm water reservoir with its sandy bottom and lack of hazards is extremely attractive to water skiers and pleasure boaters. • The park is home to an abundance of wildlife and offers excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Bird watchers commonly spot species that are unusual or rarely seen in the state. • The off-highway vehicle (OHV) track offers novice riders a place to learn how to ride an OHV. The track is about 1.75 miles long and offers fun for the whole family. • Weldona, Wiggins, Brush and Ft. Morgan school districts • Jackson Lake Village • Morgan County Sheriff ’s Office • Jackson Lake Irrigation Company • Weldon Valley FFA Challenges we face • Developing recreational opportunities and events that remain strong during low water periods, as fluctuating water levels impact park operations, visitation and revenue. • The remote location of the park and the low population in the area makes it difficult to attract volunteers for the park. • Controlling aquatic nuisance species and noxious weeds, which requires increased efforts and funding. • Evaluating current operations in light of increasing operational costs and static budgets. Volunteer activities • Scout groups, school groups, service groups, and others volunteer at the park for a variety of projects. Most of this volunteer work helps with park maintenance, weed control, and other labor intensive activities. 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 VERDON TOMAJKO/CPW Our partners 26363 County Road 3, Orchard, CO, 80649 (970) 645-2551 • Email: DNR_jackson.lake@state.co.us Park Manager: Tyler Sewald Geography Region: Northeast County: Morgan Elevation: 4,600 ft Year Acquired: 1962 Miles From Denver: 76 As of June 30, 2017 Roads Paved: 1.7 miles Unpaved: 6.2 miles Annual Visitation 178,994 Governmental US Cong Dist: 4th CO Senate: 1st CO House: 65th Facilities Boat Ramps Boat Rental Dump Station Group Picnic Area Laundry Marinas (year-round) Mooring/Docking 60 Picnic Sites Showers (coin-operated) Visitor Center Employees Permanent: 5 Temporary: 17 Volunteers: 39 Volunteer Hours: 3,428 Trails Biking: 3.4 miles Hiking: 3.4 miles OHV: 1.2 miles Total: 3.4 miles Acreage Total Acres: 5,295 Recreation Boating Fishing Hunting Ice Fishing Ice Skating Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Swimming Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Camping Campsites (basic, year-round): 92 Campsites (electrical, year-round): 163 Group Facilities (year-round) Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Jackson Lake Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Rifle Frisco Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us VIC SCHENDEL /CPW Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez VIC SCHENDEL /CPW Jackson Lake State Park
Camping Rules • Maximum: 1 hard side unit (trailer, pickup camper, pop-up, RV) and 1 tent—OR—2 tents per campsite. • Maximum: Six (6) individuals per campsite. • A dump station is located on the south side of the visitor center for our paying customers. It is illegal and a health hazard to dump waste water and sewage, including dishwater, anywhere else. • The camper service buildings provide showers, toilets, laundry facilities and drinking water. Several community water hydrants are strategically placed in each camp-ground. Please be courteous of fellow campers by not staying connected to the hydrants. • As a courtesy to other campers: All radios, televisions, and generators need to be turned off to observe QUIET HOURS which are from 10:00 PM until 6:00 AM. • Camping permits expire at noon. Sites that are not renewed by noon may be reassigned. • RESTRICTION: Upon arrival at your reserved site, there will be NO TRANSFERS to another site. • After your arrival, park visitors needing to cancel their reservation will forfeit the first night of the remaining nights for each site. • Fires are permitted only in the fire rings and grills provided or within self-contained camping units. Firewood collection is strictly prohibited. • During the off-season (mid-September through March) some of the campgrounds remain open; however the shower buildings are winterized and water to hydrants in the campgrounds is turned off. Vault toilets will remain open in those campgrounds. Be prepared to deposit exact change or personal checks in the self-serve brick wall located beyond the entrance station. Swimming Welcome! C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Shoreline Marina Jackson Lake State Park Campground Guidelines Ice • Groceries • Pop • Beer • Boating Supplies • ATM Bait • Firewood • Boat & Jet Ski Rentals • Gas & Oil Skiing Equipment • Dry Storage • Fishing Licenses (970) 645-BOAT(2628) Open weekends in April Open 7 days a week starting in May Jackson Lake campgrounds are provided for your use and enjoyment. Reservations are recommended for weekends and for extended stays of more than two nights. Campsites may be reserved up to 72 hours prior to your arrival. (Rule of Thumb: For Friday night arrival, reservations need to be made by Tuesday.) Campsites not reserved are sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis and must be occupied immediately. (Campers may not reserve or hold a campsite for another party by purchasing an additional campsite for them.) Please check for reservations before occupying a campsite. Directions to Jackson Lake Some of our regulations are included in this brochure for your convenience. A complete listing of park regulations is available at the entrance station or visitor center. From the U.S. 34/I-76 interchange, take Colorado Highway 39 north for 7.25 miles through Goodrich, then go west on Y.5 (follow the paved road) for 2.5 miles. • I n addition to camping fees, all vehicles are required to have a parks pass. From Denver East on I-76. Take the second Wiggins’ exit (Exit 66). Turn left (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive approximately 9 miles. Drive ½ mile past Goodrich. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the south side and into the main park area on the west. • S TATE LAW: Only 3.2% alcoholic beverages are allowed. Any possession or consumption of 6% alcohol or hard liquor is subject to prosecution and will be confiscated and disposed.” • STATE LAW: Marijuana use is prohibited within the park and in public. Any violation is subject to prosecution and confiscation. Please respect your neighbors. From Greeley Take Colorado 34 East. After entering Morgan County and at base of hill, turn left (north) on Colorado 144. Drive 7 miles to T-intersection at Goodrich and turn left (north). Drive ½ mile past Goodrich. Turn left (west) on County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the south side and into the main park area on the west. •F  or the safety of your pet, our visitors, and wildlife, pets must be kept on a maximum 6’leash at all times. Clean up after your pet. Always carry a few plastic bags with you. (To keep your park beautiful, it is helpful to pick up trash along the way.) Keep pets away from other animals. The park is home to a variety of wildlife. Respect their natural habitat and keep pets away from nests and other animal homes. From the East (Fort Morgan, Nebraska) West on I-76. Take the second Wiggins’ exit (Exit 66A). Turn right (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive approximately 9 miles. Drive ½ mile past Goodrich. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the South Shore entrance and into the main entrance located on the West Shore. •V  ehicles must be kept on roads and parking areas. Driving or parking on grass or other vege
Jackson Lake Jackson Lake State Park Greeley Co. Rd. 3 Co. Rd. 2 Co. Rd. AA COLOR A DO PAR KS & W ILDLIFE Ft. Morgan Goodrich l Co o. Orchard 34 Colo. 144 Denver Private Ft. Morgan Wiggins I-76 Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area Open for public use Tuesday after Labor Day Hunting at Jackson Lake State Park North Shore Area 6 Rows of windbreak trees (boundry line) 5 Ski Counter-Clockwise ate Priv County Road 2 4 Boat Hunting Area North of Boundry Lin e Only 1 Open to hunting when campground is closed 2 Map Legend 3 E IN NT U OH N N GO DIK 1 2 3 4 5 6 Andrick Ponds StateWildlife Area Public Use by Reservations Only (see Regulation brochure) 7 8 9 10 9 t le In 8 10 7 Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) See Special Restrictions Pelican Campground Cove Campground Lakeside Campground Sandpiper Campground Fox Hills Campground Northview Campground Dunes Group Campground Centennial Group Picnic Area Cottonwood Picnic Area / OHV Track Swimbeach Parking State Wildlife Areas. See Regulation Brochure. Waterfowl, Small Game, and Archery Big Game hunting allowed. Small game/Archery big game hunting allowed. Small game, archery turkey and archery big game hunting allowed. cpw.state.co.us General Information 1. Hunting for small game, archery big game and waterfowl is permitted during established seasons, in designated areas in the park, from the Tuesday after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day. 2. Park is open year-round. Please be aware of park visitors. 3. Bows and arrows or shotguns loaded with birdshot no greater than T-buck, are the only permitted methods of take. It is illegal to have lead shot in possession when waterfowl hunting. 4. Hunters are required to remain one hundred (100) yards from all buildings, trails, and open campgrounds. Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Lease 1. Hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset. 2. Waterfowl hunters must use non-toxic shot. Lead shot is illegal and must not be on, or in the vicinity, while engaging in hunting. Special Restrictions 3. All dogs must be leashed to and from the hunting area. 4. A valid Colorado hunting license with both the Federal and State waterfowl stamps, a valid HIP number, and hunter safety card must be in possession and available for inspection when hunting waterfowl. 5. All shotguns must be capable of holding a maximum of two (2) rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. It is illegal to have a round in the chamber when it is in a vehicle. 1. P  arking is at the Inlet parking area ONLY. All vehicles must have a valid parks pass. All roads on this property are closed to the public. 2. Hunting is permitted seven days a week. 3. Upland bird, small game, archery big game and archery turkey may be hunted anywhere on the BOR property. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited. 6. Hunting from frozen surface is prohibited. 7. Boat hunters must stay north of boundry as marked on map. Boat hunting is prohibited within 150 yards of the shoreline. Jackson Lake is closed to boating beginning November 1st. 5. It is unlawful for a person to carry a weapon when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 6. Any person entering upon private land for any purpose including retrieving downed wildlife MUST obtain permission from the landowner. Trespassing, while hunting, is a misdemeanor and if convicted could result in loss of hunting privileges. Shooting across fence lines is considered trespassing. Turkey Hunting Regulations Thank you for supporting Colorado Parks & Wildlife! Jackson Lake State Park Archery Turkey hunting is only allowed on the Bureau of Reclamation property. 26363 County Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 (970) 645-2551 • Fax: (970) 645-1535 dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us cpw.state.co.us HPJA1102_02/18
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Jackson Lake Jackson Lake State Park Co. Rd. 3 Co. Rd. 2 Co. Rd. AA Greeley Ft. Morgan Goodrich l Co o. Orchard Colo. 144 34 Denver Private Ft. Morgan Wiggins I-76 Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area Fishing at Jackson Lake State Park North Shore Area 6 Rows of windbreak trees (boundry line) 5 Ski Counter-Clockwise ate Priv County Road 2 4 1 2 3 E GO TIN NO N HU IK ND Map Legend 1 2 3 4 5 Andrick Ponds StateWildlife Area 6 7 8 9 10 9 t le In Pelican Campground Cove Campground Lakeside Campground Sandpiper Campground Fox Hills Campground Northview Campground Dunes Group Campground Centennial Group Picnic Area Cottonwood Picnic Area / OHV Track Swimbeach Parking 8 10 7 Ice Fishing Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) cpw.state.co.us Common Fish Species Found at Jackson Lake Warm Weather Winter Weather Mid-February to November 1st November 1st to Mid-February Ice fishing is permitted at the boat ramp, outlet, and inlet areas until the end of the regular goose season. Regulations 1. Rainbow Trout Yellow Perch Northern Pike Largemouth Bass Walleye Saugeye Sauger Fish artwork by Duane Raven/USFWS White Crappie Wiper Bluegill Drum Minimum size limit for walleye & saugeye is 15 inches long. Only 1 walleye or saugeye in the aggregate longer than 21 inches can be taken per day. 2. Minimum size limit for wipers is 15 inches long. Minimum size limit for crappie is 10 inches long. 3. Fishing is prohibited from the dam between 10 pm to 6 am. 4. Youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license and may take a full bag and possession limit without a license. 5. Fishing is prohibited from the swim beaches. 6. Boats aren’t allowed in or near the swim beaches, outlet tube area, inlet or dike fishing area. 7. Since Jackson Lake was built for irrigational purposes, please check conditions on the web site for up-to-date information regarding water levels, boating & fishing conditions, etc. American Shad Ice Safety Tips 1. Always have a life jacket available. 2. Never go out on the ice alone. 3. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. 4. Because ice conditions vary, cross at your own risk. Regulations 1. Portable ice fishing structures are permitted but must be removed at the end of the day. 2. All open fires on the ice must be contained within a metal container. 3. No litter, including fish entrails, may be left on the ice. Please use trash containers. 4. Ice fishing holes may not exceed 10” in diameter or 10” on any side. Common Carp Channel Catfish NOTE: Refer to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Brochure for additional regulations including bag limits, etc. This brochure, in addition to the Waterfowl brochure, provides specific information regarding the State Wildlife Area on the northeast corner of the reservoir. This area is not part of the State park. Jackson Lake State Park #26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551 E-mail: dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us cpw.state.co.us HPJA1205_PDF_07/16
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Jackson Lake Jackson Lake State Park Co. Rd. 3 Co. Rd. 2 Co. Rd. AA Greeley Ft. Morgan Goodrich l Co o. Orchard Colo. 144 34 Denver Private Ft. Morgan Wiggins I-76 Jackson Lake State Wildlife Area Ice Fishing & Safety at Jackson Lake State Park North Shore Area 6 Rows of windbreak trees (boundry line) 5 Ski Counter-Clockwise ate Priv County Road 2 4 1 2 3 E GO IK ND NO HU IN NT Map Legend 1 2 3 4 5 Andrick Ponds StateWildlife Area 6 7 8 9 10 9 t le In Pelican Campground Cove Campground Lakeside Campground Sandpiper Campground Fox Hills Campground Northview Campground Dunes Group Campground Centennial Group Picnic Area Cottonwood Picnic Area / OHV Track Swimbeach Parking 10 7 8 Ice Fishing Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) www.cpw.state.co.us General Information Ice Fishing Regulations • • Jackson Lake is closed to boating from November 1 through the time that ice comes off in the spring. Ice Fishing will be permitted during the migratory waterfowl season in two designated areas of the reservoir: near the State Park’s boat ramp and the outlet house (see map on reverse side). • After the last day of regular goose season, ice fishing is permitted anywhere on the reservoir. • Fishing (including ice fishing) is permitted on the inlet and outlet canals year-round. • Portable ice fishing structures are permitted but must be removed from ice at the end of the day. • All open fires on the ice must be contained within a metal grill or container. • No litter, including fish entrails, may be left on the ice (please use trash containers). • Ice fishing holes may not exceed 10” in diameter or 10” on a side. • Chumming is prohibited year-round on all Colorado waters. Ice Safety Tips • Always have a life jacket available. • Never go out on the ice alone. •  ell someone where you are going and when you T plan to return. • Ice conditions vary considerable across the reservoir and from day to day. Check with park personnel for the current conditions. • Pick up a copy of “Ice Safety” at the entrance or park office for more information. Jackson Lake State Park #26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551 E-mail: dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us www.cpw.state.co.us HPJA1202_2.5K_03/13
to when ound ed 2 3 Jackson Lake State Park Additional Directions to Map Legend Jackson Lake State Park Pelican Campground 1 2 Cove To Jackson Lake State Park from Denver: Campground East on3 1-76. TakeCampground the second Wiggins’ exit (Exit Lakeside 66). Turn (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive 4 left Sandpiper Campground approximately 9 miles. Drive 1/2 mile past Goodrich 5 Fox Hills Campground to the first curve. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay 6 Northview Campground on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple 7 Dunes Group Campground of miles.) This will take you to the south entrance 8 Group Picnic Area where the Centennial track is located plus the main park area on 9 Cottonwood Picnic Area / OHV Track the west. t le In 10 OHV Track General Directions to the OHV Track: From the U.S. 34/1-76 interchange, take Colorado Highway 39 north for 7.25 miles through Goodrich. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on Y.5 (it will turn north after a couple miles). Turn right at the south park entrance. Stay on the gravel road east to the staging area. C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E OHV Information at Jackson Lake State Park Swimbeach Parking To Jackson Lake State Park from Greeley: Take Colorado 34 East. After entering Morgan County at the base of the hill, turn left (north) on Colorado 144. Drive 7 miles to T-intersection at Goodrich and turn left (north). Drive 1/2 mile past Goodrich to the first curve. Turn left (west) on County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you to the south entrance where the track is located plus the main park area on the west. To Jackson Lake from the East (Fort Morgan, Nebraska): West on 1-76. Take the second Wiggins’ exit (Exit 66A). Turn right (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive approximately 9 miles. Drive 1/2 mile past Goodrich to the first curve. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you to the south entrance where the track is located plus the main park area on the west. Jackson Lake State Park #26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551 E-mail: dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us www.cpw.state.co.us www.cpw.state.co.us OHV Track The Jackson Lake OHV track is laid out in a 1.5 mile loop over rolling prairie terrain. The track is designed with the novice rider in mind. The staging area is located on the south side of Jackson Lake State Park. A park pass is required on all vehicles accessing the area and all OHVs must be registered, but there is no additional track use fee. Safety Gear Jackson Lake Staff encourages the use of helmets, boots, gloves, eye protection and orange safety flags. Feedback This area was created in response to visitor interest. Your feedback is important to creating and managing a successful multi-use park area. Please submit questions, suggestions and comments to dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us Colorado Parks and Wildlife strive to provide unique and sustainable recreational opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. Please be considerate of other park users. Rules • The track is open daily from 8 AM to sunset year-round. • Only OHVs are permitted on the track. • OHVs must remain on the track or in the staging area. • • Travel is one way only around the track. OHVs are not permitted on roads or in other areas of the park. • Camping • OHVs may not be operated in or to/from campgrounds. OHVs must be hauled (not ridden) into the staging area. • Camping is prohibited on OHV track and in staging area. • All riders under 13 years of age must be directly supervised by a responsible adult. • Campgrounds with electric and nonelectric sites are open year-round at Jackson Lake. • Pedestrians are prohibited on the track. • All OHVs must comply with all state rules and regulations. • All OHVs must be registered in accordance with Colorado law. • OHVs can be registered at the Visitor Center. In Case of Emergency Dial 911 All accidents resulting in $1500 damage, hospitalization or death must be reported within 48 hours per CRS 33-14.5-113. Jackson Lake State Park #26363 Road 3 • Orchard, CO 80649 • (970) 645-2551 E-mail: dnr_jackson.lake@state.co.us www.cpw.state.co.us HPJA1207_PDF_03/13
CREEPERS [ ] Brown Creeper B WRENS [ ] Rock Wren B [ ] Canyon Wren B [ ] Carolina Wren B,U [ ] Bewick’s Wren B [ ] House Wren B [ ] Winter Wren [ ] Sedge Wren U [ ] Marsh Wren B DIPPERS [ ] American Dipper B KINGLETS & GNATCATCHERS [ ] Golden-crowned Kinglet B [ ] Ruby-crowned Kinglet B [ ] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher B SOLITAIRES & THRUSHES [ ] Eastern Bluebird B [ ] Western Bluebird B [ ] Mountain Bluebird B [ ] Townsend’s Solitaire B [ ] Veery B [ ] Gray-cheeked Thrush U [ ] Swainson’s Thrush B [ ] Hermit Thrush B [ ] Wood Thrush U [ ] American Robin B [ ] Varied Thrush U MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS [ ] Gray Catbird B [ ] Northern Mockingbird B [ ] Sage Thrasher B [ ] Brown Thrasher B [ ] Long-billed Thrasher R [ ] Bendire’s Thrasher B,U [ ] Curve-billed Thrasher B PIPITS [ ] American Pipit B [ ] Sprague’s Pipit R [ ] Water Pipit WAXWINGS [ ] Bohemian Waxwing [ ] Cedar Waxwing B SILKY-FLYCATCHERS [ ] Phainopepla R SHRIKES & STARLINGS [ ] Northern Shrike [ ] Loggerhead Shrike B [ ] European Starling B VIREOS [ ] White-eyed Vireo R [ ] Bell’s Vireo B [ ] Gray Vireo B [ ] Solitary Vireo B [ ] Yellow-throated Vireo U [ ] Warbling Vireo B [ ] Philadelphia Vireo U [ ] Red-eyed Vireo B WOOD-WARBLERS [ ] Blue-winged Warbler U [ ] Golden-winged Warbler U [ ] Tennessee Warbler B [ ] Orange-crowned Warbler B [ ] Nashville Warbler [ ] Virginia’s Warbler B [ ] Lucy’s Warbler R [ ] Northern Parula [ ] Yellow Warbler B [ ] Chestnut-sided Warbler B [ ] Magnolia Warbler [ [ ] Northern Waterthrush [ ] Henslow’s Sparrow R [ ] Louisiana Waterthrush R [ ] Le Conte’s Sparrow R [ ] Kentucky Warbler U [ ] Sharp-tailed Sparrow R [ ] Connecticut Warbler R [ ] Fox Sparrow B [ ] Mourning Warbler R [ ] Song Sparrow B [ ] MacGillivray’s Warbler B [ ] Lincoln’s Sparrow B [ ] Common Yellowthroat B [ ] Swamp Sparrow [ ] Hooded Warbler U [ ] White-throated Sparrow [ ] Wilson’s Warbler B [ ] Golden-crowned Sparrow U [ ] Canada Warbler U [ ] White-crowned Sparrow B [ ] Red-faced Warbler R [ ] Harris’ Sparrow [ ] Painted Redstart R [ ] Dark-eyed Junco B [ ] Yellow-breasted Chat B [ ] McCown’s Longspur B [ ] Lapland Longspur [ ] Chestnut-collared Longspur B [ ] Snow Bunting TANAGERS [ ] Hepatic Tanager B,U [ ] Summer Tanager [ ] Scarlet Tanager U BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES [ ] Western Tanager B [ ] Bobolink B [ ] Red-winged Blackbird B [ ] Eastern Meadowlark U [ ] Western Meadowlark B [ ] Yellow-headed Blackbird B [ ] Rusty Blackbird [ ] Brewer’s Blackbird B [ ] Great-tailed Grackle B [ ] Common Grackle B [ ] Brown-headed Cowbird B [ ] Orchard Oriole B [ ] Northern Oriole B [ ] Scott’s Oriole B CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS [ ] Northern Cardinal B [ ] Pyrrhuloxia R [ ] Rose-breasted Grosbeak B [ ] Black-headed Grosbeak B [ ] Blue Grosbeak B [ ] Lazuli Bunting B [ ] Indigo Bunting B [ ] Painted Bunting U ] Cape May Warbler U [ ] Dickcissel B [ ] Black-throated Blue Warbler U [ ] Yellow-rumped Warbler B [ ] Black-throated Gray Warbler B TOWHEES, SPARROWS & LONGSPURS [ ] Townsend’s Warbler [ ] Hermit Warbler R [ ] Black-throated Green Warbler U [ ] Blackburnian Warbler U [ ] Yellow-throated Warbler U [ ] Grace’s Warbler B [ ] Pine Warbler U [ ] Prairie Warbler R [ ] Palm Warbler U [ ] Bay-breasted Warbler B,U [ ] Blackpoll Warbler [ ] Cerulean Warbler R [ ] Black-and-white Warbler [ ] American Redstart B [ ] Prothonotary Warbler U [ ] Worm-eating Warbler U [ ] Swainson’s Warbler R [ ] Ovenbird B [ ] Green-tailed Towhee B [ ] Rufous-sided Towhee B [ ] Canyon Towhee B [ ] Cassin’s Sparrow B [ ] Rufous-crowned Sparrow B [ ] American Tree Sparrow [ ] Chipping Sparrow B [ ] Clay-colored Sparrow [ ] Brewer’s Sparrow B [ ] Field Sparrow [ ] Vesper Sparrow B [ ] Lark Sparrow B [ ] Black-throated Sparrow B [ ] Sage Sparrow B [ ] Lark Bunting B [ ] Savannah Sparrow B [ ] Baird’s Sparrow U [ ] Grasshopper Sparrow B FINCHES COLORADO PA R K S & WILDLIFE Birdwatching at Jackson Lake State Park [ ] Species seen in Jackson Lake State Park B Species known to have bred recently in CO U Unusual in any region of the state R Reported less than ten times in the state LOONS [ ] Red-throated Loon U DARTERS & FRIGATEBIRDS [ ] Pacific Loon [ ] Anhinga R [ ] Common Loon [ ] Magnificent Frigatebird R [ ] Yellow-billed Loon R GREBES BITTERNS & HERONS [ ] American Bittern B [ ] Pied-billed Grebe B [ ] Least Bittern B [ ] Horned Grebe [ ] Great Blue Heron B [ ] Red-necked Grebe U [ ] Great Egret B [ ] Eared Grebe B [ ] Snowy Egret B [ ] Western Grebe B [ ] Little Blue Heron B,U [ ] Clark’s Grebe B [ ] Tricolored Heron U [ ] Reddish Egret R [ ] Cattle Egret B ] Green Heron B [ ] Brambling R [ ] Brown-capped Rosy Finch B [ ] Blac
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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