Manitou Lake Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Manitou Lake is a 5-acre reservoir where the entire family can enjoy fishing and hiking Trail #670 around the lake. Due to easy area access and popularity, fishing occurs year-round in the reservoir. All sites have tables, fire grates, and trash collection. Swimming, wading, and all body contact with the water in the reservoir is prohibited.

All dates are weather dependent. Dates of operation below are dates visitors may expect full service. The area also has an extended season when services such as water, trash or a host may not be available between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

At a Glance

Fees A $7 per vehicle day use fee is charged. An annual pass is available for Manitou Lake Picnic Area, Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area, and 11-Mile Canyon.
Open Season: Open Year-Round - Weather Permitting
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Restrictions: Motorboats and swimming are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Woodland Park, Colorado
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: An asphalt bike trail #699, approx. 4.2 miles long, connects all the campgrounds and picnic areas. There are 2 group campgrounds-Pike Community and Red Rocks.

General Information


From Colorado Springs, travel on US Highway 24 approximately 18 miles to Woodland Park. Take Highway 67 north approximately 7 miles. Manitou Lake is on the right (east) side of the highway one mile north of Colorado Campground.

General Notes:

To reserve the pavillion visit Manitou Lake Pavilion is a day use facility with no overnight stays allowed. In addition to the $50 fee for the pavilion, there will be $7.00 per vehicle fee paid upon arrival. For larger groups which might utilize a bus, the vehicle fee is $50.00. The facility is limited to 50 occupants. No discount is accepted for use of this facility.

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