Jefferson Lake Recreation Area

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a popular area for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. Campgrounds include: Aspen, Lodgepole, and Jefferson Creek. They are not locataed directly on Jefferson Lake. For backpacking and day hiking, the Colorado Trail 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. 

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for campgrounds can be made by visiting or calling 1-877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Fees:  $9 per vehicle for day use. $25 for bus/van (10 passengers and over). $100.00 for an annual pass. 

Interagency Senior, Access, and Military passes are valid for 50% discount on entrance fee.  No fees in winter months for hiking and ice fishing, however vehicle access may be limited. 
Open Season: May 19, 2023 - Oct. 9, 2023
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. 


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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This is a popular area for ice fishing in the winter. 

Ice Fishing

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Day Hiking

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Horse Riding

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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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