Chatfield State Park

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Chatfield State Park

Colorado

(303) 791-7275

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Things To Do

Overview

Chatfield State Park lies on the South Platte River at its confluence with Plum Creek. When visitors see Chatfield's beautiful rolling foothills, expansive reservoir and abundant wildlife, they can't believe the park is just outside the Denver metro area. Yet Chatfield is one of the most complete parks in Colorado. The park includes a full service campground, miles of hiking and biking trails, horse stables, and a hot air balloon port, all of which are located around a popular lake with boating, fishing, and a full-service Marina. With over 1.5 million visitor days annually, Chatfield has a lot of admirers and an active volunteer program. The park is popular for its relaxed environment and beautiful views of the nearby foothills. The south end of the park features a great blue heron nest that is a favorite birding destination from March to September. Chatfield's diverse ecosystems, expansive trail system, top-notch boating, unique opportunities for resource interpretation and education in a beautiful setting make the park a special place for visitors. Chatfield State Park is located in Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe counties, about 25 miles southwest of downtown Denver.

Map of Chatfield (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.542453, -105.062698

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is among the park's most popular activities. You can enjoy water skiing, sailing, fishing or just cruising on the reservoir. Boats may be launched at either of the two boat ramps. The North Boat Ramps, located on the northwest side of the reservoir, have eight launch lanes and four courtesy docks. South Boat Ramp, located on the southeast side of the reservoir, has two launch lanes and one courtesy dock. The courtesy docks are available seasonally and will be removed when ice starts to form on the lake.

  • Bicycling

    Chatfield has 26 miles of bicycle trails, 12 of those trails are paved. Conditions may vary depending on the trail.

  • Camping

    Chatfield's campground boasts 197 campsites, all with electrical hookups, and many with full hookups (water, sewer and electric). A limited number of campsites are open through the winter on a first come, first-served basis. Chatfield also has ten group camp areas that may be reserved by calling the Park Office.

  • Fishing

    In addition to a healthy population of trout and bass, you'll find walleye, channel catfish, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and carp. The Colorado Division of Wildlife periodically stocks the lake with rainbow trout and other fish. Springtime signals the start of open water fishing and the park's trout fishing is some of the best in the Denver area. Throughout the summer, walleye, bass, perch, crappie, catfish and an occasional trout are caught, with the best action early and late in the day or at night. Fall's cooler temperatures mean the trout return from deep water into the shallows. Fishing continues through the winter months when the lake freezes. Fishing licenses are required, and may be purchased from local vendors. In the winter months, ice fishing is very popular. Access available at the Handicap Pier and an accessible trail to a Platte River fishing platform.

  • Hiking

    A series of trails wind through the Chatfield area and provides the park visitor with an abundance of recreational opportunities. You can take a morning jog, walk through natural areas around the reservoir, leisurely pedal your bicycle through the park or ride a horse into the sunset.

  • Historic Sites

    Opportunities are available.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is popular on the series of trails, approximately 24 miles, that wind through Chatfield State Park.

  • Picnicking

    Numerous picnic sites with tables and grills are located throughout the park. Both group and individual sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but group sites at Marina Point, Riverside, Heronry Overlook and Fox Run, may be reserved by calling the park office.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports in the park include water skiing, jet skiing, sailboarding, sailing and fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    Chatfield offers visitors many opportunities for winter sports including ice fishing, snowshoeing and winter camping.

Seasonality/Weather

Park hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Park Partners

Chatfield Stables

(303) 933-3636

Directions

Driving

The main entrance to Chatfield State Park is located one mile south of C-470 on Wadsworth. Make a left into the park. From Santa Fe: Santa Fe to Titan Parkway. West on Titan to Roxborough Park Road. Take a right on Roxborough Park Road which leads directly into Chatfield State Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(303) 791-7275

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