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Lake Pueblo State Park encompasses Lake Pueblo, more commonly known as the Pueblo reservoir. Damming the Arkansas River and trapping the snowmelt and runoff from the mountains of the central part of the state form the reservoir. Both Colorado Springs and the city of Pueblo as well as smaller surrounding communities use the water. On the arid front range of Colorado, this water is an important natural resource and one of only a few water resources that can hold water during drought years. The state park surrounding the reservoir is a very popular weekend destination for many people that live in the area offering many of the most popular lake activities.
Fishing & Boating
The reservoir has very good fishing that include many of the popular sport fish like Largemouth Bass, Small mouth Bass, Walleye, Wiper, Crappie, Bluegill and Catfish. There are two full service marinas on the lake and the majority of fishing is done by boat on this reservoir due to the very rocky and sometimes steep and loose shoreline, however, there are some very good locations for shore fishing within the park though. The West Fishing access is very nice and has a pit toilet, a few grills and tables and the view of the lake from here is very nice.
There are 3 campgrounds in the park. The Northern plains campground has 214 sites, full hookups and sits on the southern shore of the lake near the dam. Arkansas Point campground has 95 electric only sites and sits on the northern side of the lake. Juniper breaks campground has 84 primitive only sites and sits on a hill overlooking the lake on the northern side.
Hiking and Fossil Finding
The park has many trails following the rocky shoreline. The dam trail is a 16.5 mile paved trail that is very popular with the hikers and bikers. The Arkansas point trail is one of the favorites for looking at the park’s geology. This part of Colorado has very heavy deposits of limestone and shale from the inland sea millions of years ago and the Arkansas point hike really highlights this type of topography and affords a very nice opportunity to look for fossils. Remember though, you can pick up the fossils and look at them but they must remain in the park. Fossils found here include sharks teeth, many types of seashell fossils and ammonites.
The park also offers several picnic areas with grills and wind shelters. Swimming is allowed at the swimming beach at rock canyon below the dam. Bald eagle watching is another popular activity but only during the winter months between October and March when the eagles come down from their summer nesting sites in the north.
Lake Pueblo State park gets about 1.7 millions visitors on average each year. With beautiful views of the Wet Mountains, Pikes Peak and the Sangre De Cristo mountains, 4,500 acres of water to play on and geologically stunning shoreline, it is no surprise that this lake is the main destination for water sports activities on the Front Range of Colorado.