Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD

Area Status: Closed
Photo of Irwin Lake.

Lake Irwin Campground is bordered on the eastern side by Lake Irwin and the western side by the Ruby Mountain Range. This rugged terrain provides challenging mountain biking and hiking. The lake is usually so full of fish you can see them rise to the calm surface. The area is very picturesque and filled with wildflowers in July and August.

Photo of Irwin Lake. Photo of typical campsite. Photo of typical Irwin campsite. Photo of Irwin toilet.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No water available.
Reservations: Sites are first-come, first-served for the 2023 season.
Fees: $22 per night per camping unit; $6 per day for day use/picnic use in a campsite; $10 per firewood bundle.
Open Season: June 13 - Oct. 3
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: ATV's use not authorized in campground.
Closest Towns: Crested Butte, CO
Water: Potable Hand-pump.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: There are three ADA accessible sites, (#2 #12#30) in this campground.  Campers are required to store food and other items in a hard sided vehicle or camping unit constructed of solid non-pliable. Click here for more information.

General Information


From Crested Butte: Travel west on Gunnison County Road 12, Kebler Pass Road, for 6.5 miles to Forest Service Road 826, Lake Irwin Road. Continue on FSR 826 for 2 miles, the campground is at the end of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 25 single site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Accessible sites None
Reservation required?: Y

RV Camping

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
Pavement Type for Parking No
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Reservation required?: Y

River and Stream Fishing

Boating - Non-Motorized

Closure Order GMUG-2009-12 states that Possessing or operating a motorboat is prohibited unless powered by an electrict motor on Lake Irwin in the Gunnison National Forest.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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log cabin with red roof in meadow surrounded by aspens in leafing out in early spring

Silesca Ranger Station- one of several cabins you can reserve on our forest.

tent in woods

Just about all the shelter you need for a night in the backcountry!

fire in ring with RV in background

RV camping with many of the comforts of home!