2. Lake Pueblo State Park and Visitor Center

Lake Pueblo, Pueblo State Park

Entrance at mile marker 49, Highway 96

 The 11-mile-long Lake Pueblo and surrounding 7,000-acre-property provides facilities for all types of recreation. Popular activities include boating, swimming, water skiing, sailboarding, bicycling, camping, hiking, picnicking and fishing. The current Colorado State Park’s Pass is required. Daily and annual passes may be purchased on site. For information, call (719) 561-9320.

Anglers may catch rainbow and brown trout, largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, walleye, wipers, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish and northern pike.

The State Park has 401 campsites that accommodate tents, campers, motor homes and trailers. Dump stations are available. Campers, bicyclists and day hikers can enjoy the 16 miles of paved trails.

The Visitor Center houses four 200 gallon tanks containing trout and other fish found in the reservoir. Exhibits include a 3-D topographic map of the area, and displays on wildlife, plants, water more.

Lake Pueblo is part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Fryingpan Arkansas Project. It involves moving water through pipes and in streams and rivers from just north of Aspen, Colorado Pueblo Reservoir. The reservoir provides water for crop irrigation, municipal and industrial uses. Upriver, a hydroelectric plant generates enough electricity to serve 50,000 homes. The reservoir also helps prevent serious floods. This was a concern of Pueblo’s citizens after a devastating flood in 1921 killed
78 people and caused over 19 million dollars in damages.