Eleven Mile State Park

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Eleven Mile Canyon State Park- Colorado's Best Kept Secret!

Jun 9, 2000 (Updated Jun 20, 2003)
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Pros:Awesome Beauty, Great fishing, hunting, boating!,very well maintained,Wildlife everywhere!

Cons:very windy

The Bottom Line: Being in a very secluded spot gave me a great appreciation for the beauty and serenity of this particular park.


Eleven Mile Canyon State Park has to be Colorado's best kept secret !
The reason why I say this is when we went June of 1999 the only time we saw any people were when we went to the Ranger Station and the showers. The only crowded area was the R.V. area located on the North shore and Rocky Ridge camp areas. We camped out at the Cross Creek in space 11. This was deserted, absolutely no one in sight! Well one morning we did see 2 people fishing but that was it! It was wonderful!! Let me go into more detail about about our wonderful trip into what I think is God's country!

My Story

I really thought at first we were going to have the trip from hell. We did not get into the Park till late and we still had to set up the tent and eat! We unloaded the tent. The winds are blowing at gust up 30 or 35 miles and hour. At first it was quite amusing to see my husband struggling putting up the tent. But soon it was nightfall and it was not getting funny anymore. I went to help him and we finally got the tent secured. It was a little to windy to light a campfire so I am glad I made sandwiches ahead of time. Make sure you bring a jacket too, because even in the middle of summer it can get chilly at night. We all got snug in our sleeping blankets and tried to play a game of cards, but the winds were blowing so hard that it was nearly flattened the tent. We decided we just better try and get some sleep.

The next morning I woke up early and saw the most gorgeous sunrise. The way the sun hit the reservoir was spectacular. The smell of crisp,clean fresh air was almost worth getting bombarded by the wind the night before. We managed to get breakfast cooked and get on our way to some sighting- seeing in Cripple Creek ( this is a must see).

When we returned to cook dinner the wind had died down and it was wonderful. The sunsets are so beautiful that there are no words to be able to describe it. We did have one thing happen after we went to sleep this night. We had a little visitor. My husband left the cooler with the food out. He weighted it down with really heavy stones on top of the cooler . We did not think that any little animal could get into the cooler because it was because the stones were extremely heavy.

Well to our surprise a raccoon or something we are not sure what raided our cooler. The only thing he ate was our daughter's (Nicole) food.
I never knew raccoons liked Ramon noodles and Pringles potato chips:)

The word that we had food must have gone through the animal grapevine, because the next morning as I was cooking breakfast and was joined by a flock of birds and what looked 5 or 6 chipmunks. Nicole had fun feeding all the wildlife that wanted to join us for breakfast. After breakfast we spotted two pelicans on the water in the middle of the reservoir. That was something I never expected to see! We had an adventure on this trip and I can't hardly begin to tell you how much fun we had. Well it is time I better tell you about what the Park has to offer.

Here Are The Details About The Park

The park is located in the central part of Colorado just 38 miles west of Colorado Springs. There is a 3,400 surface acre reservoir with excellent fishing . The reservoir is well stocked with Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Northern Pike, and Carp. You are bound to catch something here!

Hunting is by permit only. The Park has everything from waterfowl to Antelope, Deer, Elk, Bobcats, Mountain lions and other small mammals. Please be sure to hunt responsibly. You can get your fishing and hunting permit from the Park Ranger's office.

The Park offers over 350 campsites. North Shore and Rocky ridge have electrical and water hook-ups and are not secluded sites. Fifty two sites have electrical . At Cross Creek (secluded site)we had very well maintained bathrooms and water ( no electric) that was very close to our site. This was a big plus for me :) If you are really adventurous you can camp with no water or electrical hook-ups in the back country. You can also get your showers and do laundry the Camper's Service area . These were very well maintained and very clean.

The Rates

I took this directly from the website to insure accuracy.

Campsites can accommodate tents, pickup campers, trailer and motor homes and start at $10 a night for a basic site ($7 winter rate). Electrical hookups, offered at 52 sites, are available for $14 per night ($11 winter rate). Showers and a laundry facility are located at the camper services building. Pressurized hydrants are centrally located in the North Shore and Rocky Ridge campgrounds. In the Backcountry Campground, 25 primitive walk-in or boat-in campsites are available to visitors desiring a more secluded and natural experience. Backcountry sites are $10 per night ($7 winter rate). There are no group camping facilities and only six people per site is allowed.

For more info on Colorado's Best Kept Secret you can access their web site at http://www.coloradoparks.org/eleven_mile/index.asp

How to Get There
Directions - 38 miles west of Colorado Springs on U.S.24 to one mile west of the town of Lake George, then turn left (south) on County Road 90 and drive for six miles to County Road 92. Continue south on 92 for five
miles to the park.

Address and phone

Eleven Mile State Park
4229 County Road 92
Lake George, CO 80827
(719) 748-3401 (phone)
http://www.reserveamerica.com/jsp/commonpage.jsp?goto=/usa/co/elmi/newindex.html

Important Note
(Taken from the web site)

The Entrance Fees: The fee at Eleven Mile Canyon State Park is $4.00 or a $27.00 yearly pass is available as of June 6,2003.
The Colorado State Park website states these rates so I would make sure before you leave what the actual rates are going to be.
$5.00 vehicle pass per vehicle per day unless the vehicle has an annual pass ($50) or an Aspen Annual pass ($10) for those 62 and over. Camp sites are either $12.00 (non-electric) or $16.00 (electric) per site per night


Please note that passes purchased at the U.S. Forest
Service Eleven Mile Canyon are NOT valid at Eleven Mile State Park.

Eleven Mile Canyon and Colorado Sate Park Links
Eleven Mile Canyon - http://www.parks.state.co.us/default.asp?parkID=82&action=park

Rock Climbing - http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/listArea.php?AreaID=210

Eleven Mile Cayon Eagles and Ice-
http://www.wyattphoto.com/Ken/docs/Eleven%20Mile%20Canyon.doc
Eleven Miles Canyon- pictures
http://stevegarufi.com/elevenmile.htm

Rocky Mountain News article 6-06-2003 by Ed Dentry
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/recreation_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_85_2015288,00.html

Kayaking/Canoes/Boating - http://www.boc123.com/Kayak/page11.cfm

Fishing in Eleven Mile Canyon-
http://shop.flyfishing.about.com/fishing_rep/8/1/79.htm

http://www.luhrjensen.com/techbulletins/521%20Spinney-11%20Mile%20Reser.pdf

Books- http://www.wildernet.com/pages/books.cfm?areaname=Eleven%20Mile%20State%20Park

Colorado State Parks-
http://www.parks.state.co.us/default.asp

Colorado State Parks and Recreation Areas
http://home.earthlink.net/~jcw55/stparks.html

In Conclusion
Even with our windy start and loss of food we had a great time! Eleven Mile Canyon has so much to offer whether you are into fishing, hunting,camping or even windsurfing you will find something there for the whole family. I highly recommend this to families and the out-doorsy types. They also have an Interpetive Programs and special events for the whole family. Please checkout their web site it also has great tips on camping .

I guess now that I have told everyone about it now it's not a secret anymore :)


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