Whitestar Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Whitestar Campground is located in ponderosa pine and sage habitat at 9,300 feet on the northern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir. Facilities include picnic tables with lantern poles, fire rings with grates, and vault toilets.

There are three loops in which to find your perfect campsite: Sage and Valley Loops have reservable sites, while Ridge Loop is first-come, first-served.  Sage Loop is open through the end of September to accommodate fall campers.

A boat ramp, parking, and angler fishing areas are located just down the road from the campground. Firewood is for sale at the camp host site.

High altitude sickness may occur at this altitude.

Please follow the links to the Twin Lakes Area and the Twin Lakes Campgrounds Maps.

During the 2020 season, water will be unavailable at this campground. Please bring water for your camp, including enough water to completely drown your fire, leaving it cold to the touch, if you are having a campfire.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
$24.00 fee per site for the Sage Loop; $23.00 fee per site for the Ridge and Valley Loop for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $7.00 for a third vehicle.
Fees are payable by cash, check, or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the FIRST NIGHT.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: Late May/Early June - End of September
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle / trailer.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Leadville, CO
Water: Water is available through handpumps. There is no filling of RV tanks.
Restroom: Vault toilets are located throughout the campground.

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information


From Leadville, travel 15 miles south on US Hwy 24 to CO Hwy 82. Turn right and go west on Hwy 82, turn left past Mt Elbert Pwer Plant into the campground.

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9,300 feet