May 2nd – As the focal point for a whole host of outdoor recreational enthusiasts, Lake Pueblo was “discovered” last summer as a haven for people looking to escape the reality of a global pandemic.
This year, Pueblo Lake, which is ideal for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking and biking, is likely to be almost as busy.
“It was definitely one of the craziest and busiest summers when a lot of people discovered the park because there wasn’t much else to do,” said Matt Taylor, a ranger for Lake Pueblo State Park. “Maybe we don’t have that many people this year.”
Taylor said his best advice was, “If you want to get out, try to make reservations early.”
There are three campsites – Arkansas Point, Juniper Breaks, and Northern Plains campsites with 393 campsites. Maps and instructions for making a campsite reservation can be found at cpw.state.co.us.
For boaters, the North Boat Ramp, which is adjacent to the North Shore Marina, has six launch lanes and two courtesy docks. The South Boat Ramp is located next to the South Shore Marina and has six launch lanes and a dock.
Anglers will appreciate the fact that with more than 4,600 acres of water, 60 miles of coastline and nearly 10,000 acres of land, Pueblo Lake is classified as a “hot spot” for fishing. Various varieties of perch, walleye, crappie, bluegill, mop, catfish, rainbow trout, and carp host the water thanks to the restoration efforts of the water biologists of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Hikers and bikers can enjoy 15 miles of paved trail and about 60 miles of unpaved trail, said Daryl Seder, senior ranger for Lake Pueblo State Park.
Over the winter, workers upgraded the park’s water tower to keep the water flowing, Taylor said. By mid-summer, many of the COVID restrictions are expected to be relaxed. Visitors are therefore encouraged to search the park website for posts on events that will be held in the event, Taylor said.
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