Eleven Mile State Park, located on Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir, is a year-round camping and recreational hotspot. The park, located in Colorado’s Front Range, is approximately 11 miles southwest from the town of Lake George.
Eleven Mile State Park offers its visitors varying views of Colorado’s colorful terrain. Located on the reservoir, the immediate landscape around the water is a high-plained grassland with outcrops of rocks and ledges. The Pikes Peak, Tarryall, and Continental Divide mountain ranges frame the park, creating a stark-contrast of water, mountain, and sky.
With ready access to water, plus the surrounding mountains, Eleven Mile State Park offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visit this park and experience some of Colorado's magnificent backcountry.
RV Rentals in Eleven Mile State Park
Transportation in Eleven Mile State Park
Eleven Mile State Park is approximately 50 northwest of Colorado Springs, and 121 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado. The scenic drive from both cities takes RVers on mountain passes and switchback roads. Drivers should follow road grade warnings and take curves cautiously.
Eleven Mile State Park is a reservation-only park. Patrons of the park must reserve a space before coming to the facility. There aren’t any self-serve boxes for first-come, first serve campers, so visitors must plan ahead if they wish to stay at this state park. In addition to the nightly rate, all vehicles must display a current Colorado State Parks Pass on the windshield. Visitors can purchase daily, or year-long vehicle passes at the entrance station.
Campgrounds and parking in Eleven Mile State Park
Campsites in Eleven Mile State Park
Cross Creek Campground
Cross Creek is an isolated campground that offers basic services and sites ranging in size from 60 to 90 feet. These waterfront sites have access to one pit toilet and a large parking area. There is no water spigot in this campground
Howbert Point Campground
Howbert Point Campground is isolated and sits on a little peninsula, giving all of the spaces waterfront views. This campground offers basic sites ranging in size from 50 to 80 feet long. There is a large parking area, pit toilet, and water spigot available in this campground.
Witcher's Cove Campground
Witcher’s Cove Campground offers basic campsites ranging in size from 40 to 70 feet. These open-lakeshore sites provide convenient access to boat ramps, parking areas, and pit toilets. The park’s southern dump station is located at the entrance to this campground, so campers who stay here will have easy access to the dump station. There is no water spigots in this campground.
Stoll Mountain Campground
Stoll Mountain is a more private waterfront campground with basic services. Sites range in size from 35 to 120 feet. There is one water spigot located in between the two sections of the campground as well as one pit toilet near the faucet.
Rocky Ridge Campgrounds
The Rocky Ridge Campground is the only campground in the park that offers 30 amp electrical service. The park has five loops, A—E, and only loops A, B, and D have electric hookups. These sites sit in the rocky outcrops isolated from any trees. People who want shade, but don’t need electrical should choose loops C and E. Sites range in size from 20 to 115 feet long, and there are five water spigots scattered through the campground. This campground has pit toilets and plenty of parking. When the Camp Services Building is open, seasonally, campers in the Rocky Ridge Campground are closest to the park offices, showers, flush toilets, and laundry.
Lazy Boy Campground
Lazy Boy Campground is a waterfront campground with basic services. Campers staying at this campground can choose from sites ranging from 45 to 85 feet long. Both sections of this campground have access to pit toilets, and there is one water spigot located in the section of the campground closest to the parking area.
Rocking Chair Campground
Rocking Chair is a waterfront campground with basic services. The site spaces range from 40 to 70 feet long. There are two sections to the campground. One section of the campground has a pit toilet and a water spigot. The other section doesn’t have a pit toilet nearby, so only self-contained units should camp here. There is a day use area with access to parking nearby.
North Shore Campground
This campground has five loops, A—E, some sites sit lakeside or have a view of the reservoir. All spaces in this campground have basic services and access to pit toilets. Water is available from the community water spigots located in loops A—B. Spaces range in size from 35 to 110 feet. People staying in this campground have close access to two boat ramps, an amphitheater, and a playground. The park’s northern dump station is located at the entrance to the North Shore Campground.
Eleven Mile State Park Campgrounds
Eleven Mile State Park has eight RV-friendly campgrounds. Reservations must be made before arriving at the park. There are no first-come, first-served RV spaces. All of the campgrounds have both seasonal and off-season operations. Check with the park for more information on which campgrounds operate seasonally, as this information changes.
All campers have access to the Camper’s Services Building located near the main entrance to the park. This facility operates seasonally and has flush toilets, coin-operated showers, and a coin-operated laundry. All campers also have access to the park’s two dry dump stations, located at the entrance to the North Shore and Witcher's Cove Campgrounds. Visitors who camp during the off-season can request to use the dump station by request.
All of the campgrounds at Eleven Mile State Park are pet-friendly and allow the use of generators. Generators should remain off during quiet hours. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Please also be aware that bears frequent the area, and all visitors must dispose of their trash properly. The park provides bear-proof dumpsters in each campground. If campers wish to have a fire, they must check with the campground about current fire-restrictions before attempting to build a fire.
Seasonal activities in Eleven Mile State Park
Hiking is a favorite activity during Colorado's warmer months. Eleven Mile State Park has nearly five miles of scenic hiking trails in the Coyote Ridge and backcountry areas of the park. For a leisurely family and dog-friendly hike, try the Coyote Ridge Interpretive Trail. This trail is a one and a half-mile trail loop that showcases some of the micro-ecosystems in the area. Pick up the self-guided map at the park offices, and access the trailhead just off the Coyote Ridge parking lot.
During the summer the park provides interpretive programs for people of all ages. Guest speakers and Saturday evening programs give visitors a closer look at the natural resources and favorite outdoor activities within and surrounding Eleven Mile State Park. The park's calendar provides visitors a detailed list of scheduled programs and upcoming events.
Eleven Mile reservoir is the place to canoe, kayak, sail, and motorboat. Stay in your RV for a night, and then pack your gear into a kayak and stay the night in one of the park's backcountry campsites and enjoy one of the spectacular sunrises over the lake. Rent canoes, kayaks, and other boats at the marina and explore the lake on your own, or charter a guide to show you the little -known areas of the park. Please be aware that Eleven Mile Reservoir does not allow body contact activities in the lake.
Eleven Mile State Park is the perfect place to set up base camp for hunting excursions. The diverse migratory waterfowl population makes duck hunting a popular sport in Colorado, and Eleven Mile gives hunters a unique hunting terrain. Big and small game hunters will also enjoy the challenge of hunting in the mountain ranges surrounding Eleven Mile, and having a beautiful camping location to return to each night makes the adventure even more enjoyable. Contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife for hunting rules, regulations, and more information about hunting in the area.
People who love the cold and understand the importance of ice safety can use the frozen lake’s surface for cross-country skiing after the ice covers with snow. Skiers will need to use their own equipment. For a more challenging activity, experienced skiers can ski the park’s backcountry, and ski the fields and meadows. As with any activity on the reservoir, weather conditions can change quickly, so skiers should always prepare for any winter-weather condition.
Avid fishers who can't wait for the summer fishing season can try ice fishing at Eleven Mile State Park. Once the formation of the ice cap is thick enough, ice fishers can fish for kokanee, trout, and pike all winter long. Ice-fishing shelters must be portable, and fishers must adhere to Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Regulations at all times. Guided ice fishing trips and equipment rentals are available. Contact the Eleven Mile Marina page for more information.