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
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
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.
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.
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.
Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
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.
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.
The historic Denver and Rio Grande railroad grade traveled from Salida, southwest to the summit of Marshall Pass. The grade travels along County Road 200 above O'Haver Lake. This is a very popular mountain biking route with cyclists traveling from Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass on the Crest trail and then traveling down the railroad grade into Poncha Springs.
Silver Creek, Starvation Creek, Poncha Creek and the Rainbow Trail are also nearby mountain biking trails. For detailed information or maps, call the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at 5575 Cleora Road just east of Salida off of Hwy 50.
Camping & Cabins
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.
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.
Groups of 75 or more persons, must contact the Salida Ranger District and apply for a "Group Use" permit.
This area recieves heavy use during the summer months.
Lake and Pond Fishing
O'Haver Lake is a popular fishing lake and it draws thousands of people to it's shores every summer. The lake is regularly stocked with Rainbow trout. For anglers wishing to spend the day fishing, a parking area is provided in the center of the campground. A "day-use" fee of $5.00 is charged for vehicles entering the campground.