Jefferson Lake Recreation Area

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a popular area for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. There are a number of campgrounds available, but none are located directly on Jefferson Lake. For backpacking and day hiking, the Colorado Trail (area is unavailable)passes through the area on its way to Georgia Pass and the Jefferson Lake and Jefferson Loop trails also offer day hikers options for long or short walks.

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a fee area managed by concessionaire located northwest of Jefferson off US Highway 285.

There are 2 campgrounds located within the Jefferson Lake Recreation Area.  Campsites are $17/ night, and $7/vehicle for day use fees. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The gate to Jefferson Lake is closed for the season.
Reservations: Reservations for this site can be made by visiting or calling 1-877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made 5 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Fees: Day Use/ Vehicle Fees: $7/Vehicle for Day Use. Other fees $12.00 - Bus/ Van (10 passengers and over) - Day Use; $50.00 - Annual Pass (cars/ trucks) - 2nd family Annual Pass is $20.00; $55.00 - Bus/ Van Annual Pass.  Discounts do not apply to the Annual Pass purchase.  Government vehicles, Disabled Veteran Plates, and Military training participants do not pay the day use fee.
Closest Towns: Jefferson, CO
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


From Jefferson, CO take County Road 54 north until the road forks, then turn right onto County Road 37 and follow the road until you reach the fee booth. 


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Horse riders can access the Colorado Trail from the Jefferson Lake Recreation Area.  Mountain bike riding is very popular on this part of the trail and this may affect your decision to ride there with your horse. 


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