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Jackson Lake State Park, Orchard, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Jackson Lake is not a lake, it is a reservoir. It rests in the Colorado plains about 1.5 hours east and north of Denver. The east and south side are one long dam. Jackson Lake Campground has tent and RV camping with lakeside sights, just beware. We brought a kayak and small pontoon boat, but were unable to access water from our campsite, #008, Lakeside Campground. There is a jagged rock shore, which I didn't not attempt to climb. My 34-year-old son was able to get to the water in tennis shoes. The rocks covered about 15-20 of a slanted shore. We were told there is sand after that; a beach that shows up later in the summer (we visited early August) when the reservoir drains.

There is a marina, but we did not have a vehicle for the drive because our sight was "lakeside".

There are showers (and flush toilets), the water was hot! And strong! That is great, but the women's shower needed a spray of bleach water, the walls were moldy. Or at least, they appeared to be moldy.

Jackson seemed to be great for boaters, jet skis and fisherman. My grandson caught a huge (20"?) carp on his first throw using a kiddie rod. We weren't surprised as there are dead carp on the shore stinking up the camp. We saw at least 15. We were told the fisherman kill them and they wash up on the west side. My son moved two to avoid the smell, they were in various states of decay.

If you look at the website, the campground map shows stairs that lead to the water. These are great for kids, but hardly fun for anyone without balance as the steps are mossy and slick, made of concrete.

Saturday and Sunday were full; we arrived on Thursday and it was quiet. The spaces are far apart, great for dogs and parties. We may not go back without a boat. The west beach was okay for kids, however, we were interested in paddling. Not our cup of tea, but likely good for families and boaters. We camped at Jackson Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Tips for other Campers:

Small towns nearby, mariner has a store with many items, including ice. For what I saw, things were reasonably priced.


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