O'Haver Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This campground is located on the shores of O'Haver Lake. The campground has 28 sites and is situated in a sparse Ponderosa pine forest. A handicapped fishing pier and an easy shoreline trail are available for fishing access.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
$20.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. 
$6.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: 05/15/2015
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum RV length is 45 ft.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Salida, CO
Water: Available
Restroom: Restroom

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
Information Center: Salida Ranger District at (719) 539-3591. 
Peak season: 05/15-09/28; Extented season: 09/29-10/19.

During peak season, this campground is a full-service campground. Extented season has reduced service such as water, trash, or a host may not be available.

General Information


From Salida, Colorado, travel west on Highway 50 to Poncha Springs. Turn south on Hwy 285 for 5 miles. Turn right and go west on County Road 200 for 2.3 miles. Go west on County Road 202 for 2.5 miles.


This site is not universally accessible. An accessible fishing pier is located along the southwest side of the lake.


Parking is limited to the parking spurs provided with each campsite. Parking is available in the "Day-Use" area located in the center of the campground. ATV/OHV parking is available at the entrance to the campground.



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Campground Camping

This campground located on the shore of a O'Haver Lake. The campground has 28 sites and situated in a sparse Ponderosa pine forest. An accessible fishing pier and an easy shoreline trail are available for fishing access.

For reservations visit: www.Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

Status: Open
Best Season: Summer and fall

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is permitted near O'Haver Lake. Campsites are located near Poncha Creek, Silver Creek and off of the Marshall Pass road. Camping is permitted at least 100 away from streams.

 Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.



  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.





  • Status: Open

    Groups of 75 or more persons, must contact the Salida Ranger District and apply for a "Group Use" permit.

    Usage: This area recieves heavy use during the summer months.


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