Sheriff Reservoir Campground


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ABOUT: Sheriff Reservoir Campground is located in Yampa, CO and hosts 6 small sites in a tightly forested loop. The area offers fabulous lake and stream fishing for trout. Shore and dam is easily accesible by foot or by car and can accomodate canoes, belly boats and fishing boats. Although the actual campsites do not offer lakeside camping or views of the Flat Tops, the reservoir is within walking distance outside of the campground and offers a beautiful view of the Flat Tops.

The campground can accomodate trailers up to 17 feet, if camping with larger trailer or camper there are numerous dispersed camping opportunities located along the 4 mile stretch that leads to the campground.

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed at Yamcolo Reservoir).

AMENITIES: One vault toilet, most camp sites offer an open fire grate (with no grill on top) and picnic table. Please note: There is no potable water.

HIKING NEARBY: Black Mountain Creek Trail #1117 can be accessed just opposite of the Sheriff Reservoir Dam. See Black Mountain Creek under the hiking tab for highlights and more information.

DIRECTIONS:  Follow County Road 17 (the Scenic Byway Flat Tops Trail towards Dunckley Pass) to County Rd 132, 5 miles. Follow 132 west to CTY Rd 8. Continue west to Sheriff Reservoir, Road 950, 6 miles. Turn left on 959 heading south, there will be a sign to Sheriff Reservoir Campground. Follow approximately 4 miles until you see the Reservoir on the left side.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: OPEN SEASON:   Due to snow, this campground is typically reachable by vehicle Memorial Day until mid October, weather permitting. Reachable only by snowmobile in winter months.  For current conditions, call the Yampa Ranger Station at 970-638-4516
Reservations: No reservations, first come, first serve basis. If all six sites fill there are several other dispersed camping opportunities outside of the campground.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees $10 a night

(No charge for dispersed camping outside of the campground.)
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Yampa, go 5 miles west and north on County Road 17, 10 miles west on County Road 132/Forest Road 16, then 3 miles south on FR 959.

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No. of Sites6 single site(s)
Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Accessible sitesNone


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