Jackson Lake State Park

Quick Facts

Jackson Lake State Park

Colorado

(970) 645-2551

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Things To Do

Overview

Jackson Lake is ranked one of the "Top 15 Park Beaches" by Reserve America. Anglers, boaters, or naturalists realizing there's too much fun for just one day enjoy the variety of water or land based recreational facilities found here. Birders and hunters flock here because of the parks location in the Central Flyway for migratory birds. Quiet winter months provide hearty wildlife viewers some excellent opportunities to spot the many animals that live here. No matter the season, Jackson Lake is, as novelist James Michener suggests, 'an oasis of the plains.'Adventure seekers and nature lovers will find much to enjoy at Jackson Lake State Park.

Map of Jackson Lake (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.390853, -104.071830

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Activities

  • Boating

    A four lane boat ramp is on the west shore of the lake. Boats aren't allowed in or near the swim beaches, outlet tube area, inlet or dike fishing area. The lake closes to motorized boating November 1. Boating at Jackson Lake does not resume until ALL ice is off the reservoir in spring. Both an observer and an operator must be in any boat that is towing a skier. Ski counter-clockwise, and please spread out across the reservoir to avoid dangerous congestion.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are allowed at the park on designated trails and on park's roads.

  • Camping

    Jackson Lake has 260 campsites, most can accommodate campers, trailers or tents. Even group camping and picnicking are accommodated here. Facilities include showers, toilets, laundry, electric hookups and drinking water. Each campsite is allowed one hardside unit plus one tent, or two tents. The tent sites will accommodate two tents.

  • Fishing

    Jackson Lake is stocked with warm-water fish such as: walleye, saugeye, catfish, perch, rainbow trout, crappie and wipers. Northern pike and large and small-mouth bass were also stocked. Fishing is restricted during waterfowl hunting season and is prohibited from the swim beaches year-round.

  • Hiking

    Prairie Wetland Nature Trail is a fourth mile, self-guided trail and is located north of Cove Campground. There is also a 1.5 mile trail located between the Visitor Center north to Northview Campground. A trail is also located on the south side of the park from the south swimbeach to Cottonwood day-use picnic area. Folks also enjoy walking along the shoreline or along park roadways.

  • Historic Sites

    The area surrounding Jackson Lake State Park has a rich history including that of its original inhabitants of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe American Indians. In later years, due to the goldrush bringing a large number of people into the area, a need developed for water storage and the Jackson Reservoir was built. Educational programs are offered on Saturday evenings at the Cove Amphitheatre beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

  • Hunting

    Hunting at Jackson Lake is very popular and for good reason; the park is located within the "Golden Triangle," for migratory birds. Hunting for waterfowl, pheasant and upland bird hunting and archery deer is allowed for those with a tag for this unit. Waterfowl hunting is accommodated with blinds for field hunting, decoying along the shoreline and ponds for jump shooting. Upland birds can be found in all of the designated areas as well as rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and dove. Archery deer hunting is allowed in all areas of the park, but hunters must park and check in with the office first.Hunting is not allowed within 100 yards of designated campgrounds, trails or buildings.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The OHV track is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round. The track is located at the south entrance. Registered OHVs must be trailered in to the staging area, which is the Cottonwood parking lot. Vehicles must have a parks' pass. OHVs are not allowed on parks' roads, in campgrounds or on local roads.

  • Picnicking

    Individual tables are located at the inlet, outlet, boat ramp, south and west swim beaches, and the Cottonwood picnic area and are available firstcome, first-served.

  • Water Sports

    Jackson Lake is shallow and warms up quickly in the summer. The sandy beach is perfect for water play. Water skiing, swimming, and sailboarding are popular sports during summer months. Pets are not allowed on the swim beaches or in the swim areas.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter at Jackson Lake State Park is peaceful and quiet but there's plenty to do including ice skating, ice fishing, and hiking.

Seasonality/Weather

Park is open year-round and 24 hours a day. Quiet time is 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Park Partners

Shoreline Marina

Located on the west side of the lake, Shoreline Marina rents fishing boats, jet-skis, ski boats, paddleboats and equipment.

(970) 645-2628

Directions

Driving

From the U.S. 34/I-76 interchange, take Colorado Highway 39 north for 7.25 miles through Goodrich, then go west on Y5 (follow the paved road) for 2.5 miles. To Jackson Lake State Park from Denver: East on I-76. Take the second Wiggins' exit (Exit 66). Turn left (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive approximately nine miles. Drive a half mile past Goodrich to T-intersection. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the south side and into the main park area on the west. To Jackson Lake State Park from Greeley: Take Colorado 34 East. After entering Morgan County and at base of hill, turn left (north) on Colorado 144. Drive seven miles to T-intersection at Goodrich and turn left (north). Drive ½ mile past Goodrich to T-intersection. Turn left (west) on County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the south side and into the main park area on the west. To Jackson Lake from the East (Fort Morgan, Nebr): West on I-76. Take the second Wiggins' exit (Exit 66A). Turn right (north) on CO 39/CO 52. Drive approximately nine miles. Drive a half mile past Goodrich to T-intersection. Turn left onto County Road Y.5. Stay on County Road Y.5 (It will turn north after a couple of miles.) This will take you past the south side and into the main park area on the west.

Flying

Airports located in nearby Boulder and Denver, CO.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(970) 645-2551

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