Fishing at Steamboat Lake, Colorado
Steamboat lake is a Colorado State Park, so it will cost you five bucks to get in (per carload, per day), or have your State Parks Pass. There are several access points around the lake - pick the parts where motorized craft aren't allowed. Bring your waders or float tube so you can sneak up on those fish (cutthroats and rainbows) and get even further away from shore casters and kids.

One of the nicest areas to fish is near the dam. There is a separate entrance off the highway, called Sage Flats, just south of the visitor's center. From the parking lot, it is about a ten-minute walk to the dam. You can cross the dam and fish along the grassy shore. Sometimes this is a good area to catch some of the larger trout. It doesn't get crowded over on this side - the short hike seems to keep people closer to the parking areas.

This park is open year 'round. From Spring to Fall, it has wonderful campgrounds with all the amenities. There's so much to do in this area besides fishing in Steamboat Lake. You can fish many of the small streams north of here, or other area leaks such as Pearl or Hahn's Peak.

There's ice fishing on the lake in winter, plus all sorts of other snow activities. The campgrounds are closed in winter, but the parking lot near the marina has 16 spaces with electric hookups for RVs, etc.
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