O'Haver Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

O'Haver Lake Campground sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet, with ponderosa pines and aspen, with campsites located on the shores O'Haver Lake. This facility has 32 sites and is a very popular destination that is normally full starting on Friday, sometimes as early as Thursday, so plan accordingly.

Prior to Memorial Day weekend, and after Labor Day, camp hosts and water may not be available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check out: 12 p.m. (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sites may be reserved by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777 up to 6 months or at least 4 days in advance. (Friday and Saturday 2-night minimum required stay for weekend reservations. Three-night minimum for holiday weekend reservations). 
  • Prior to Memorial Day weekend, and after Labor Day, sites may be first-come, first-served.
  • $25 per site for overnight camping. Two vehicles or one RV per site is included in the camping fee.
  • $10.00 for a third vehicle. $10.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.

Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available. Sites must be occupied the first night of payment.

Permit Info: Remember to check fishing regulations before fishing at any body of water. For stocking reports and more information on regulations or fishing licenses, check out the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website.  
Open Season: May 10, 2024 - Oct. 13, 2024
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: May-September
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum RV length is 45 ft.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
Closest Towns: Salida, CO
Water: Drinking water available during peak season, no RV hook ups.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass cardholders may receive a 50% discount off the camping fee only. 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.
Information Center: Salida Ranger District 


General Information


From Salida, Colorado, travel west on Highway 50 to Poncha Springs. Turn south on Hwy 285 for 5 miles. Turn right and go west on County Road 200 for 2.3 miles. Go west on County Road 202 for 2.5 miles.


This site is not universally accessible. An accessible fishing pier is located along the southwest side of the lake.


ATV/OHV parking is available at the entrance to the campground.



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

The historic Denver and Rio Grande railroad grade traveled from Salida, southwest to the summit of Marshall Pass. The grade travels along County Road 200 above O'Haver Lake. This is a very popular mountain biking route with cyclists traveling from Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass on the Crest trail and then traveling down the railroad grade into Poncha Springs.

Silver Creek, Starvation Creek, Poncha Creek and the Rainbow Trail are also nearby mountain biking trails. For detailed information or maps, call the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at  5575 Cleora Road just east of Salida off of Hwy 50.

Open Season: May-October

Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

O'Haver Lake is a popular fishing lake and it draws thousands of people to it's shores every summer. The lake is regularly stocked with Rainbow trout. For anglers wishing to spend the day fishing, a parking area is provided in the center of the campground.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,200 feet