Bonny Lake State Park

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Bonny Lake State Park

Colorado

(970) 354-7306

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Overview

Due to on-going drought conditions, Bonny Lake State Park has aproximately 800 surface acres (when full the reservoir covers 1,900 surface acres). The reservoir is known for excellent fishing for walleye, channel catfish, and a variety of bass. Hunters come to Bonny Lake for deer (draw permit only), turkey (draw permit only), waterfowl, dove, pheasant, quail, rabbit and squirrel. Hunting and fishing licenses, as well as off-highway vehicle, boat and snowmobile registrations are available at the park. Located in the South Republican River valley with thousands of trees, Bonny Lake State Park offers a shady retreat from the grasslands of the high plains. Camping is available year-round and Bonny is the perfect destination for that first and last trip of the year. The park also has excellent wildlife and bird watching.

Map of Bonny Lake (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.614027, -102.205000

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can take advantage of the many water sports available at Bonny Lake State Park during summer months, including boating, fishing, swimming, jet-skiing, water-skiing, sailboarding and canoeing. The lake is closed starting October 1.

  • Bicycling

    Although designated trails do not exist, there are several miles of very low-use roadway where this activity is permitted.

  • Camping

    Bonny Lake will have two campgrounds due to budget cuts. East Beach and North Cove have closed permanently. Wagon Wheel will be the main campground and Foster Grove as a first come, first served campground. There are 103 campsites. Sites within each campground can accommodate tents, motor homes, pick-up campers or trailers. Campers are limited to one camping unit with one tent or two tents and a maximum of six people per campsite. Camping is also available in the winter.

  • Fishing

    Bonny Lake is considered one of the state's finest warm-water fisheries. Anglers flock to the reservoir to catch walleye, northern pike, freshwater drum, white bass, wiper, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. The reservoir is open year-round. During the winter can also be an enjoyable time for those who like to ice fish, if conditions allow. The best time for fishing is in the spring, early summer and fall.

  • Hiking

    The Bonny Prairie Natural Area has a short, self-guided trail about a quarter-mile long. The trail is located near the North Cove Campground. See the Trails section. Although not a designated trail for hiking or biking, there are gravel county roads (with light vehicle traffic) that circle around and through the park creating an excellent 17-mile bicycling loop.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed at Bonny Lake State Park, but there are no horse rentals. A nine-mile looped trail has been created in between Foster Grove and North Cove campground. A shorter five-mile long trail is in the same area. A short two-mile long trail is located on the south side of the park. Horses are generally allowed to ride anywhere in the park, but should stay away from the shoreline as the mud can be soft in many areas.

  • Hunting

    Hunters, you can enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports at Bonny. The park offers a wide variety of small game as well as big- game animals. In season, hunting is allowed inside the park from the day after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day, except where posted. Common species hunted include deer (draw permit only), turkey (draw permit only), waterfowl, dove, pheasant, quail, rabbit, and squirrel.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Due to popular demand, the OHV area in North Cove has re-opened for the summer season. It will be closed, as always, November 1 to January 31 for the Waterfowl closure in North Cove. Sorry, camping and fires are no longer allowed in North Cove. Trailer your machines and camp in Wagon Wheel or Foster Grove instead

  • Picnicking

    Bonny Lake has numerous picnic sites located around the reservoir. Located on the south of the reservoir at the Center Beach picnic area, two fully accessible picnic areas are available.

  • RVing

    Campsites can accomodate RV's, motorhomes, trailers and pick-up campers.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports include jet skiing, water skiing, sailboarding, fishing and canoeing.

  • Winter Sports

    Come and see nature's beauty at Bonny Lake State Park during the winter. Both bald and golden eagles stay at the park during the winter months and can be easily viewed. Thousands of migrating waterfowl call Bonny home during the winter. In addition to excellent wildlife viewing, visitors have the following winter activities to choose from: camping, hiking, ice fishing and ice skating

Seasonality/Weather

Visitor center is closed October 1 to May 1.

Directions

Driving

From Denver Take I-70 east to Burlington, then go north on U.S 385 either 23 miles (to County Road 2) or 24 miles (to County Road 3). Turn east on County Road 2 then go 3 ½ miles to the south park entrance for the Wagon Wheel and East Beach campgrounds or east on County Road 3 for 1 ½ miles to the west park entrance for the Foster Grove and North Cove campgrounds). From Denver Take I-70 east to Byers, then east on U.S. 36 (approximately 108 miles) to Idalia. Continue east two miles through Idalia on U.S. 36. Then south on U.S. 385 for 6 miles (to County Road 3) then east 1 ½ miles to the west park entrance for Foster Grove and North Cove campgrounds or 7 miles (to County Road 2) then east - 3 ½ miles to the south park entrance for Wagon Wheel and East Beach campgrounds.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(970) 354-7306

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