Freeman Reservoir Campground

Area Status: Closed

Freeman Reservoir Campground is not managed or operated by the Forest Service, all operations fall under Moffat County. 

This campground is located 21 miles north of Craig, CO on U.S. Highway and is nearby, however seperate from Freeman Reservoir) 

It offers 17 developed campsites max trailer length is 22ft. The campground does not offer hookups or showers but has picnic tables, fire grates, vault toilets, dumpsters, and pull-through spaces (under 22 feet). This campground is open approximately mid-June thru Oct. 31. The overnight camping fee is $12 and there is a 14-day stay limit.

The area is popular among hunters during the early rifle seasons, but it also provides an abundance of primitive camping opportunities and hiking trails.

Black Mountain hiking:

Black Mountain Trail: 3.5 miles to the summit of Black Mountain (10,800'). An easy climb offering sensational views of the Yampa Valley and into Utah and Wyoming.

Slater Falls: A half-mile hike to a beautiful 30' waterfall on Slater Creek.

Bears Ears Peak: Drive or hike to the top of this prominent Moffat County feature, aptly named for its resemblance to bear's ears. Breathtaking panorama of the Yampa Valley.


Sawmill campground:

Six primitive camping sites with amazing views of the Yampa Valley and access to several hiking trails.

Lost Park:

Spectacular views, scenic park and access to hiking, horseback trails, motorbike trails and fishing.

California Park:

Beautiful 8,000 acre park. Closed to motor vehicle use from May 15-July 1 each year to protect Colorado's largest population of Greater Sandill Cranes. This park is known for big-game hunting and has miles of small mountain streams that are stocked for trout fishing. Offers areas for dispersed camping, hiking, fishing and spectacular park and mountain scenery.


8 non-reservable campsites. The campground has a combination of pull-though and back-in sites under 22 feet, vault toilets, potable water and garbage services. Corrals and horse trailer parking are available in another area at the campground.

This area accesses several mountain bike, horse and hiking trails, but no motorized trails are accessible from this campground. Fishing is available on Freeman Reservoir but no motor-propelled water craft, including electric or internal combustion engines are permitted on Freeman Reservoir.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/11/23 - Closed for season.
Operational Hours: This campground is open approximately mid-June thru Oct. 31 (Weather dependent)
Reservations: No reservations, first come first served basis.
Fees: $12/Night for single unit
Open Season: Mid June - weather dependent - Mid Nov - weather dependent
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Craig, Colorado
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Information Center: Managed by Moffat County but information can be obtained by
Hahns Peak/ Bears Ears Ranger District
925 Weiss Drive
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

General Information

Directions: Directions from Craig, CO. Travel North on Highway 13 for 12 miles, then east on Moffat County Road 11 (Freeman Reservoir Access). Continue on the graveled road for 8 1/2 miles to the recreation area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 17 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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