Yamcolo Reservoir Camping, Fishing and Boat Launch


June 22nd, 2020
Please Note:
We are seeing record high traffic in this area for camping. All camping along Forest Service Road 900 near Yamcolo Reservoir, Bear Lake and Stillwater is only allowed in"designated sites" only and are indicated with a post and number on it at each site. Creating new sites is not allowed and subject to a fine. These sites are developed sites outside of the campground and offer a picnice table and a fire grate. If the campgrounds are full, and the designated sites outside of the campground are also full, you will need to find camping in another area that is not on Forest Service Road 900 as making your own site is prohibited. And this area does not offer dispersed camping anymore as all sites are designated and developed.

And sites are first come as we do not take reservations.

ABOUT: Located in the heart of the Flat Tops just outside Yampa on Forest Service Road 900. This area has 10 dispersed camping sites and a boat launch. There is a parking area where one can park and walk down to fish off the shore, or a boat ramp located on the far end of the reservoir that provides access to the Yamcolo Reservoir for free day use fishing.  

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors and internal combustion engines are allowed. (This is the only reservoir combustion engines are allowed)

HIKING NEARBY: There are 3 Trailheads located off Forest Service Road 900. Mandall Lakes Trailhead, Smith Lake Trailhead, and Stillwater Trailhead, all within a short driving distance.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Please check with the Yampa Ranger Station to find out if there are any current fire restrictions.

DIRECTIONS: From Downtown Yampa, Take Cty Rd 7 just behind the local General Store, (Montgomery’s) for 7 miles, it will then turn into gravel and this is when the road becomes Forest Service Road 900, stay on FS RD 900 for approximately 4 more miles until you see Yamcolo on the left side. It is the first of the three reservoirs lcoated on Forest Service Rd 900.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: CAMPING SEASON: Due to the heavy winter months on the district, campgrounds are generally accessible as early as Memorial Day through mid-October. From Memorial day through first or second week of June, one can expect "spring like conditions" of moisture, patches of snow and mud typically until late June. Due to the elevation, temps can drop to the 40's in the evening. HIKING SEASON: Trails typically are covered in snow until late June due to the elevation and cooler temps. Going around the snowbanks creating new trails is prohibited to reduce resource damage.
Operational Hours: Currently Working Virtually to Serve you via phone and email: Yampa Ranger Station at 970-638-4516
HOURS: M-F, 8am-5pm (closed holidays and weekends) ADDRESS: 300 Roselawn Ave, Yampa, CO 80483
Reservations: No reservations taken.
Rentals & Guides: Call the Yampa Ranger Station to have an outfitter guide emailed to you which shows local hunting, fishing, dog sledding, and horseback riding guides.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees No fee for day use fishing. All camping is fee based at $5 per night.
Permit Info: No permit needed to camp or hike
Open Season: Memorial Day (varies due to snow) - Through Mid-October, or when freezing and snow falls
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: July
Busiest Season: June through September
Restrictions: Fire bans can occur at anytime, call the Yampa Ranger Station to check for fire bans and restrictions just before arriving.
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO - 11 miles
Water: Potable Water Available Nearby at Bear Lake Day Use Area
Restroom: Potable Water Available Nearby at Bear Lake Day Use Area
Passes: No pass necessary. Day use free for fishing. Camping $5 per night, additional vehicles are $5 per night
Operated By: Forest Service, Yampa Ranger District
Information Center: 24 Hour Kiosk with free maps, and brochures located outside of the Yampa Ranger Station at 300 Roselawn Ave, downtown Yampa

General Information

Directions: Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Travel another 6 miles on FDR 900.

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Picnic tables Picnic Tables Available at the Campsites only
Drinking water Potable Water Available at Bear River Day Use Area
Interpretive Site Has Small Educational Display
Toilets Vault Toilet Available 1/4 mile away
Parking 2 Parking Lots Available
Boat ramp Located on Far Side of Yamcolo Reservoir
Fee charged for some activities $5 per campsite, $5 per additional vehicle
Tent camping $5 per night
Camping trailer Max Length 45 ft