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Steamboat Lake State Park

Clark, Colorado


61105 RCR 129
Clark, Colorado 80428
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Sites: 198
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.81174
Longitude: -106.96862

Elevation: 8163' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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21 Reviews

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here over the 4th of July long weekend. Whooboy, it was crowded, as expected on this weekend. This campground is almost comically beautiful (at least when we were there.) Our loop (Arnica) and most of the other areas we saw had been cleared of pines several years ago because of the pine beetle infestation. Mostly 4-10 foot pines and open areas surrounded our site. Due to the clearing and a very wet early summer, the campground was a sea of wildflowers, with snow-capped peaks in the distance. Beautiful views. However, with all the trees removed, the sun was pretty relentless during the day, and the campsites (at least ours and others in the middle of the loop as opposed to the exterior) were very very exposed to other campers. Water was available in spigots around the campground. Dump station was in the other campground section but easy to access and well-kept. No electricity in our loop so no input on that. Lovely and very informational Visitors Center. Roads are not designed for long rigs, but do-able. There is a lot to do in the park, primarily water related and hiking. There is a small swim beach walkable from both campgrounds. No playgrounds. I had bars on T-Mobile, VZW, and Sprint, but I think the towers were overwhelmed by all the 4th of July crowds, so very little up/down data. Sprint actually was the fastest. 45 minute drive to Steamboat, and a lovely one. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We were here the first week of June. This is a park that has absolutely beautiful vista views of the mountains and lake. The drive up from town was gorgeous. After that, the park was just average for me. The marina and store were open, but not ready for summer. The shelves were almost empty and some of the rental water craft still shrink wrapped. The "camper services" building near the marina has the only flush toilets, laundry etc. Not close to camping areas. We were in the Yarrow loop site and the back 10' of site was covered with mud and water, the rest of pad was dry gravel and fairly level. The roads within the campground are narrow, but good paved asphalt. If you wish to fill with fresh water, it means a stop on this narrow road while you do it. Be advised that when we were there, the water pressure and flow rate were VERY low. It took 25 seconds to fill a single 1 gallon container. That converts for about 25 minutes for a 50 gallon fresh water tank (while blocking the road). We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Yarrow 101
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

If you like to hike, its a short drive over to Pearl lake, access to a lot of trails from there.

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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This state park is about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs. The park has two campgrounds, Sunrise Vista and Dutch Hill. Each campground has about 90-100 sites. Neither of the campgrounds have water or sewer hook-ups. There are water spigots throughout the campgrounds to fill onboard fresh water tanks. There is a dump at the Dutch Hill campground that is shared with Sunrise Vista. All interior roads are paved. All sites are gravel and rather level. Each has a picnic table and fire pit. There are pull through and back-in sites. Many of the sites offer good views of the mountains and some have lake views. There is little shade due to a pine bark beetle infestation several years ago that necessitated tree removal. There are young pine and spruce and some aspen. About half of the sites in Sunrise are no-hook-up sites mostly enjoyed by tent campers. All sites in Dutch Hill offer electric. Big rigs are accommodated on many sites. This is a very popular park and fills up on the weekends with plenty of boating, fishing, hiking and birding enthusiasts. A marina offers rentals and the marina store has some camping supplies, snacks and souvenirs. The service center offers laundry (very clean), flush toilets and pay showers. Toilets in the campgrounds are pit toilets. Verizon signal is strong. Daily entrance fee require for vehicles, even if camping. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
93 and 143
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Garmin GPS takes one to a fishing spot about 2 miles shy of the park headquarter/visitor center. Just keep going and the visitor center is obvious, located on the left. Plenty to do in Steamboat Springs; check community calendar for concerts, walks, farmers' markets. Clark Store, 8 miles toward Steamboat Springs, has free WiFi, good food and wonderful ice cream.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We absolutely loved this campground. The sites are spaciously laid out with great views of the surrounding mountains over the flower-filled meadows. Follow the trails down to the lake or just walk down the nicely paved roads. The power pedestal on our site was great. We only had water and electric (no sewer). Our campsite was a nice long level pull through and we left our Airstream trailer connected to our truck. We will be visiting this gem again! We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The marina has boats, kayaks, and canoes to rent. Apparently they have great fudge but they were sold out when we were there. The town of Steamboat Springs is about 45-minute drive. We left on our way to Wyoming on the small forest road 129. It's a dirt road, a little dusty and bumpy but it was probably one of the most beautiful drives of our 3,000-mile trip. Very remote.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This is the prettiest campground around . I don't remember our exact dates we stayed there last year but the flowers were in full bloom, everything was green. The water was so clean and seemed like all the other boaters were respectful and minded the rules.. LOVE this campground , we will return this year also and every year after ! We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

I understand why some people give this park a five-star rating. All of the positives that are mentioned in other reviews are true, but there are several factors the five-star reviews overlook. First, there really is only one thing to do in this park: get in a boat and, maybe, fish. Hiking is okay, but there is nothing else to do. There are no bike trails so bicyclists are on the road or highway. The internal roads are all paved and in good condition, but they are narrow and backing into a space can be a real problem if you have a rig of 30 feet or longer.

Other reviews mention that the trees were "thinned" a few years ago because of the pine beetle devastation, but "eliminated" would be more accurate. There are fields of foot-high weeds between camp sites meaning that in every direction you are simply looking right out on to the next camper on either side. I've stayed in "parking lot" type campgrounds that have more visual barriers in the form of shrubs and trees between sites which gave more of a private feel than you get here.

I know that many just want to camp to get away from the routine, and that this park allows that. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't have the option of doing more than that. Unless you are big on fishing (which I know many people are), there's not a lot to recommend about Steamboat Lake State Park. I doubt I would ever return. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Wheeler Loop 117
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Although we didn't get there, we heard that the Hahn's Peak Cafe just outside the park entrance is a good place for breakfast or lunch.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful state run campground and we'll definitely be back. Note that there is little shade due to thinning of trees to thwart a pine beetle infestation. The sites are spacious, level, and well maintained. There are fresh water spiqots on each loop that you can use to fill your fresh water tank. Plenty of room for my TT and truck plus more space. There are electrical hook ups at some sites; no water or sewer hookups at the sites but there is a dump station at the campground. There are showers but we simply used the shower in our TT. There's a Marina where you can sign up for water ski lessons. The marina store is pretty sparse - suggest you arrive well stocked with food & beverages. Otherwise you're traveling to 8 miles to a small store in Clark (north of Steamboat) to try and find what you need. The fishing in Steamboat Lake is outstanding with large rainbow trout and some lake trout. The staff are friendly. There is cell service but no internet unless you use your smart phone as a hot spot. We arrived on August 19th and there had already been a freeze. We used our furnace each night. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
88
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Steamboat Lake has world class trout fishing. Bring a canoe, small boat or belly boat to get out into the deeper water. I used a 5wt fly rod with larger size bead head prince, bead head copper johns and wolly buggers.

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Review Count: 133
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 53

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Steamboat Lake State Park is a beautiful campground on Steamboat Lake in northern Colorado. They have 188 campsites and 74 have 50/30/20 electric. Water spigot and vault toilet available in each camping loop. Central dump station, marina and bathhouse in Dutch Hill area. Pay showers ($1 for 4 minutes). Some interior roads tight for large RV's. Spectacular views. Lake is good for fishing, boating and kayaking. Many trees lost due to pine beetles so few sites have shade. Yarrow loop is for lake access. We were in site 105 and would stay here again. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
105
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Clark Store is 8 miles from campground and is good for basics. Steamboat Springs is a 45 mile drive for grocery stores, Walmart and restaurants.

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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Nightly rate is $26. plus $7 per vehicle. During Aug the vehicle fee is waived for all military and vets regardless of state of residency. Electric only. Water spigots throughout campground. No shade. Toilets are vault except for central Camper Services Building which had clean laundry and pay to shower facilities ($1 for 3 minutes). Sites are level and dirt. Roads are paved. Sites are well spaced. No shade. Fire ring and picnic table at campsite. This is a very large park with two campgrounds, each of which have multiple loops. Not all campsites have power. Campground host and rangers frequently make rounds. Verizon signal good. No WiFi in park or at visitor center. Marina store has basic supplies. Nice Visitor Center.

Garmin GPS from Steamboat Springs to park stops at a turnoff to a boat ramp about 1 mile before the visitor center. Stayed for 10 days seeking cool temps during August. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
137
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Clark Store (8 miles) in Clark, Colorado (between park and Steamboat Springs) expensive for groceries and sundries but has wonderful breakfast, soups, sandwiches and ice cream and WiFi.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This Colorado State park is beautiful, with a variety of campsites to choose from. Only electric (no water) is offered on some, while the others are what they call "basic", meaning primitive. It is 27 pretty miles north of Steamboat Springs on a reservoir, nestled within gorgeous mountains. Amenities available during the season include a marina with boat rentals, a store, laundromat, cabins, a good launch ramp, a visitor center, sewer dump, and I believe I read there are showers. There are TWO campgrounds: Sunrise Vista and Dutch Hill. Within each are several loops with their own names. Study the map to determine which loops suit you, noting the electric plug icon that identifies which loops offer 50 amp service. (Map found at : cpw.state.co.us). The sites are well spaced, long and wide, and mostly level gravel, each with a table, tent site and campfire ring. Trees are small due to past removal of beetle infested pines. Some sites are pull thru, all are plenty long, and roads are good asphalt. The pricing is confusing:$22 for electric camping plus $7 day-use pass, so $29 for the night, requiring two forms. (The ranger admitted this and says they're working on streamlining it.) We arrived in Mid-September with no reservation, but gather this is a very popular place and it's best to reserve ahead during summer. We chose to come here for 2 nights partly because the offerings in Steamboat Springs weren't so enticing (per other reviewers), and because we enjoy being out and away. Verizon works, AT&T doesn't, and we couldn't get TV via antenna or sat, but who cares? This is a gem of a place with trails, biking, boating and just plain beauty to behold. Glad we trusted others' reviews and drove our 36' coach out here. We would most certainly return. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Wheeler 135
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of trails within the park for walking and biking, water activities, and of course Steamboat Springs is about 30 min away. We were told the fishing is fantastic.

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Review Count: 136
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We were very disappointed in this park since most Colorado state parks are great. This one had dirty outhouses, weeds that were knee to waist high right up to your gravel patio. We were there 3 nights and only saw a ranger on the last morning. Usually, you will see one patrolling every 20-30 minutes. Great views of mountains and the lake, but most of the trees have been removed because of pine beetle. We won't go back. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful well-run state park. Reservations are a must, especially for the best sites. There really are no bad sites in Wheeler Loop. Showers by marina are clean, as bathrooms, otherwise there are vault toilets. 2 other lakes nearby for fishing and kayaking. We can't wait to return. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

OK campground, could use some repair as it is a well used campground. The area, about 45 minutes from Steamboat Springs, is beautiful, great views. Good fishing at Meadow Point. $22 per night with $10 reservation fee. Lower prices available on certain days with Aspen Leaf pass (senior pass). We were in the Sunrise loop, comfort station in the dutch hill loop. Found some neat geocaches. Probably would not stay here again as it is a long way from Steamboat Springs. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Our second visit to this beautiful park (with a beautiful drive up Elk River Valley). We concur with with previous campers about great activities, well-maintained facilities, and lovely views and sites. We lucked out this summer with the gorgeous profusion of wildflowers, as a result of all the rain. Our only complaint is that we had a site pretty close to the camper services bldg, and there is a mighty loud fan in the showers whose sound carries. Otherwise, a pastoral paradise. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Great location and views of the lake, Large and open camp sites. We will stay here any time we visit Steamboat area. We camped at Steamboat Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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