The most popular activities at 2,820-acre Steamboat Lake State Park are fishing in the scenic 1,053-acre lake and camping on its open lakeshore. Conical-shaped Hahns Peak, a local landmark, towers north of the park north of Steamboat Springs. The lake is an excellent trout fishery, with little fluctuation in its level. Toss a line out for brook, cutthroat, and brown trout. Park visitors also enjoy hiking, waterskiing, swimming in summer, windsurfing, and sailing. Steamboat Lake State Park also attracts winter sports enthusiasts, with ice fishing, snowmobiling, sled-dog racing, and cross-country skiing. Many state park users rank Steamboat Lake as their favorite park.
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- Take a hike up 10,839-foot Hahns Peak, a relatively easy climb, for spectacular views across Colorado’s northern Rockies.
- Lakeside campsites are in prime demand. Get there on Friday to grab your favorite site before the weekend crowds arrive.
- Head down to Steamboat Springs to soak in one of its many hot springs. Strawberry Hot Springs is a favorite, with hot pools along a rushing creek.
- Steamboat Lake State Park offers fun easy hiking on three trails. The 1.1-mile Tombstone Nature Trails makes a loop near the visitor center; the Willow Creek Trail runs between Marina and Sage Flats, and Poverty Bar Trail connects Willow Creek Trail With Forest Road 409. Leashed dogs are welcome.
- The lake is one of the best paddle boarding sites in the Colorado Rockies, but watch the weather and wind. Remember to always were a personal flotation device for safety. Rent a paddle board at the Marina to give it a try
Recommended season(s): Year-round. Summers are best with warm weather and lots of wildflowers.
—Stewart M. Green