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Old 04-08-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Steamboat, Colorado camping options

I will be taking my 23fb out this summer and am heading up to the Steamboat area in Colorado. I am an avid fly fisherman and tend to prefer campsites that are not RV parks but rather state park or less developed sites.

I do enjoy boon docking but also appreciate having electric or water hookups.

Any recommendations on potential campsites in this area that either have fly fishing access or are close enough that you could get into Steamboat within 15 to 20 mins?

Any detail or photos you can provide would be appreciated!

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Old 04-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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The only thing I know of in Steamboat is the Steamboat campground. Its kinda like a KOA, but handy to town and as a base camp. To the west there is the Yampa River SP with river access. To the east is Dumont Lake which has lake access and trails to streams and other lakes. To the south is Stagecoach Resevoir. Can't make any recommendations for the fishing tho...
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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Hands down Steamboat Lake State Park Camp ground, a little bit out of town but the nicest state run camp ground in the Colorado state park system! Its lush greenery, up-to-date facilities, settling, and well laid out sites (not to close to each other) make it a must stay place!

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Hands down Steamboat Lake State Park Camp ground, a little bit out of town but the nicest state run camp ground in the Colorado state park system! Its lush greenery, up-to-date facilities, settling, and well laid out sites (not to close to each other) make it a must stay place!

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Great info. I will make a note of this site. Many thanks!!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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Hands down Steamboat Lake State Park Camp ground, a little bit out of town but the nicest state run camp ground in the Colorado state park system! Its lush greenery, up-to-date facilities, settling, and well laid out sites (not to close to each other) make it a must stay place!

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Thanks, everyone. Looks like I will try to reserve Steamboat Lake. Can't wait! I did a fly fishing sag trip with friends doing the tour de Colorado bike trip last summer and had a blast. I sagged them and fished lower Colorado and it was so much fun...

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Hey you may also look into the Pearl Lake or Hahns Peak campgrounds. I like them as they feel a bit more remote than the Steamboat Lake Campground. If you have a 23 ft you should be fine with getting into some of the sites. I would recommend making reservations as these get busy in the summer. Another area not far from Steamboat is the Stagecoach Reservoir great fly fishing on Yampa. Checkout strawberry park hot springs. Up the road from Steamboat ski area. Always fun and relaxing time in the natural hot spring.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
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Hey you may also look into the Pearl Lake or Hahns Peak campgrounds. I like them as they feel a bit more remote than the Steamboat Lake Campground. If you have a 23 ft you should be fine with getting into some of the sites. I would recommend making reservations as these get busy in the summer. Another area not far from Steamboat is the Stagecoach Reservoir great fly fishing on Yampa. Checkout strawberry park hot springs. Up the road from Steamboat ski area. Always fun and relaxing time in the natural hot spring.

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Thanks for the recommendations. pearl looks cool so seeing about reserving there. Can you camp at stagecoach reservoir?
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Thanks for the recommendations. pearl looks cool so seeing about reserving there. Can you camp at stagecoach reservoir?
Well it is a State Park so I'm assuming they have a campground, however I've never actually stayed there, just fished below the dam. You can also probably do some real boondocking around the National Forrest I do highly recommend the Pearl Lake site, I think you'd like it.

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We've camped at Hahns Peak a few times. It was back in our pop-up days, with three small kids. We obviously liked it enough to go back..
It's a pretty good drive down to Steamboat from there, but we tended to stay in camp with the kids.
We fly fished, I believe it said Snake River on the topographic-map, mostly Brookies, and a few browns. It may be the head waters for the Snake, I don't know, but we had a blast and had a lot of fish on.
One "heads up" we were looking at going back there a few years ago. I called the local Forest Service office to ask about campfires, etc. I was told that the pine beetles had really hit that area hard. They were closing the campground for a while to cut out all the dead trees. I'm afraid it may not be the same.
We used to love the shaded sites.
I did fish the river that runs through north of Steamboat, had a really good day.. (all this was 15 Yrs ago though.)

If you wouldn't mind, when you get back from that area, post up how you liked it. We are planning on going back again, I just hope there will be some trees still standing.

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... I called the local Forest Service office to ask about campfires, etc. I was told that the pine beetles had really hit that area hard. They were closing the campground for a while to cut out all the dead trees. I'm afraid it may not be the same. ... We used to love the shaded sites. ... I just hope there will be some trees still standing. Jeff
We frequent camped on the wast side of Rocky Mountain National Park north of Grand Lake in a heavily wooded lodge pole pine forest in the 80s and 90s. What a shock! We went back a couple of years ago and the beetles had killed most of the lodge poles. The wooded campground is now an open meadow after they clear cut it to protect lives and property from falling trees. Many of the slopes are now brown instead of green. In time it will come back, but probably not in my lifetime.
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Hands down Steamboat Lake State Park Camp ground, a little bit out of town but the nicest state run camp ground in the Colorado state park system! Its lush greenery, up-to-date facilities, settling, and well laid out sites (not to close to each other) make it a must stay place!

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That is a good choice.
There is excellent float tube fly fishing for cutthroat trout in nearby Pearl Lake. There is a public stretch of flyfishing on the Elk River along hwy 29 but it isn't much good.
Stagecoach reservoir has a nice campground and some lake fly fishing. Best river fly fishing is on the Yampa which runs through Steamboat.
Be sure to make reservations for a campsite on the internet as you will get only a non electric site as a walk in.
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Thanks for the input. I reserved a site at Pearl Lake and plan to drive down to the Yampa to fish below the Stagecoach Reservoir. I was torn about booking some time at Stagecoach given it's close proximity to Yampa fishing. I am not much of a still water fisherman but Pearl looked quite pretty.

Any idea how long a drive it will be to go from Pearl to fish the Yampa?

I am excited about this trip. I usually fish the Front Range and Montana and have not fly fished in the Steamboat area.

Appreciate all of the guidance!
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Drive time from Pearl lake to Stagecoach is probably 1 hour 20 minutes.. I think it's 28 miles back to Steamboat then drive down to stagecoach. Slow road to drive with single lane roads.
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Don't forget to let us know how Pearl Lake is.
This thread got me thinking about heading back to that part of Colorado.
I'd really like to know how bad the pine Beatle damage is. Are there any trees left up there?

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