Cow Creek South Campground
Cow Creek South Campground is located on the northeast shore of Green Mountain Reservoir in White River National Forest, offering an ideal setting for visitors seeking a multitude of recreational activities both on water and on land.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million-acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting eight wilderness areas, four defined seasons and ten peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.
The White River National Forest was established in 1891 as the White River Plateau Timber Reserve; the second such reserve to be named in the United States. In 1905, the newly formed Forest Service was given authority of the reserve.
Long before this designation, the area was home to the Ute Indians who followed herds of elk and bison on their seasonal migrations.
Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan.
Encompassing a landscape of rivers, mountains, trails and forest roads, the White River National Forest is one of the top recreation forests in the nation.
Located on the shores of Green Mountain reservoir, Cow Creek Campground is a popular spot for boating, canoeing, fishing, water skiing and windsurfing.
Anglers will find populations of rainbow and brown trout, as well as kokanee salmon when casting their lines out into the water.
Spring Creek is a popular off-roading area located at the northern end of the Gore Mountain Range. A network of roads open to off-road vehicle use meanders through lodgepole pine and spruce/fir forests. Viewpoints of surrounding mountains open up along these roads.
Cow Creek South Campground has 44 standard sites suitable for tents, trailers and RVs. Vault toilets are provided.
All motorized watercraft must be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species and must launch from a monitored launch ramp. The Heeney Marina below the Town of Heeney on the west shore is open during daylight hours throughout the season. Other ramps are available as reservoir water levels allow.
Take some time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits. In the summer visitors may want to traverse Trail Ridge Road from one side of the park to the other, reaching alpine vistas boasting elevations of more than 12,000 feet.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||All day use of the area is free but day users cannot park in campsites. Please use the provided Day-Use parking area. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless a reservation is posted on the numbered site post. No drinking water available at this campground. Off-road vehicles are allowed on established roads only Site access is difficult when road is wet|
|Reservations:||Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 7 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.|
|Fees:||Check our forest-wide campground table for current pricing. Campsite fee allows two vehicles.|
|Open Season:||May 20 - October 3|
|Restrictions:||Boat inspections are required for Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).|
|Closest Towns:||Heeney, CO|
|Water:||No potable water|
|Information Center:||Dillon Ranger District, (970) 468-5400|
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Silverthorne, Colorado on Interstate 70 take exit 205 and go 22.4 miles north on Colorado Highway 9. The campground is near the mid-point of Green Mountain Reservoir. The entrance is on the left just before mile marker 124.
From Kremmling, Colorado, turn off Highway 40 onto Colorado Highway 9 South and go 15.1 miles. The campground is near the mid-point of Green Mountain Reservoir. The entrance is on the right, just beyond mile marker 124.
Accessible vault toilets
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||40 single site(s)|
|Reservation Info||This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75490&topTabIndex=CampingSpot|
|No. of Accessible sites||None|
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boating - Motorized
Boating - Non-Motorized
Alerts & Warnings
- FSR 703.2B Homestake Spur Road closed
- Logging traffic on Boreas Pass, Indiana Creek
- Construction and delays on Burnt Mountain Road (FSR 506.1)
- Lime Canyon Temporary Climbing Closure
- Grizzly Creek Trail and Canyon closed after 2 miles
- Yeoman Park Campground closed
- Coulter Lake Closure