Trinidad Lake

Trinidad Lake Water Acitivities

Trinidad Lake Recreation Area
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Sangre De Cristo Range at elevation 6200 ft on the Purgatoire River, and bordered by the historic Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad Lake State Park offers boating, hiking and camping year round. Trinidad Lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout and offers largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and walleye. Anglers may fish at any point along the shore or lake except boat docks and ramps. A Colorado fishing license is required.

Trinidad Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer managed lake, however the recreation areas and campgrounds are managed by Colorado State Parks. Federal Recreation Passports for these areas are not accepted.

Trinidad Lake - WATER SAFTEY

Did you know that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading provider of outdoor recreation on all Federally-managed public lands in the United States? With a recreation base that is primarily built around water, the Corps has a dedicated focus on water safety.

The links from this web site will provide you with the opportunity to view current water safety materials available through the Corps program, boating regulations and safety tips, and some useful downloadable information.

Boat Safe Kids
Boating safety trivia game

Corps of Engineers Offers Water Safety Tips


All vessels must carry a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket for each person on board, plus one U.S. Coast Guard approved throwable floatation device (cushion or ring buoy). These must be in serviceable condition and readily accessible.
Keep at least 300 feet away from the control tower.
No person shall operate any motorboat or vessel, nor use any surfboard or similar device, while under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substance.
No person under the age of 13 shall operate a motor-boat unless under the onboard supervision of an adult.
Be aware of changing weather and water conditions, and be prepared to act if conditions become hazardous. When winds of 15-20 mph are forecast or blowing, boaters are cautioned to stay off of the lake.
Never allow people to ride on the bow, seat backs, or gunwales of a vessel. Boater's legs shall not hang overboard at any time.


You should never depend on inflatable or foam toys, rafts, or inner tubes to keep yourself afloat. If they are punctured, or if you fall off, you are in immediate danger. The wind direction and speed can change suddenly. Persons using floatation toys may suddenly be blown into deeper water.
It is mandatory to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when using any type of floatation device.
Scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming are permitted at your own risk, except where prohibited by signs or buoys. No lifeguards are on duty. Please do not swim alone and watch children closely.


Trinidad Lake - Location

Driving Directions

Drive three miles west of Trinidad on Colorado Highway 12, the "Scenic Highway of Legends."