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Elevenmile-Canyon-Reservoir is a Colorado State Park, located in Park County in the exact center of the state. Completed in 1932, the reservoir stands 135 feet above the South Platte riverbed, about 11 miles south of Lake George. Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water east of the Continental Divide. It has a surface area of 3,405 acres and 23.9 miles of shoreline. The surrounding park is 7,662-acres in size. The reservoir is well-known for its' outstanding fishing for rainbow and brown trout, cutthroat, kokanee and northern pike. There are five miles of scenic hiking and biking trails around the lake and over 300 campsites. You can chose to camp near the shoreline, or nestled in a secluded canyon on a remote hillside. Other things to do at Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir include picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and ice boating. Swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing are not allowed on the reservoir. There are three boat ramps located at the North Shore campground, Witcher Cove campground and Little Cove. Several islands are located in Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir, but all are closed to public use. Wildlife viewing is popular in the park, and many species of birds reside in or migrate through the park, making it popular for bird watching. The reservoir is closed to night boating from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise. Elevenmile's central location makes it ideal as a base for exploring many of Colorado's nearby attractions.

Surrounding areas: Lake George, Colorado (9.3 mi), Florissant, Colorado (12.4 mi), Hartsel, Colorado (16.2 mi), Divide, Colorado (19.2 mi), Cripple Creek, Colorado (22.3 mi), Woodland Park, Colorado (25.2 mi), Chipita Park, Colorado (27.8 mi)

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Vacation Rentals

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Double Eagle Hotel & Casino442 Bennett DrCripple Creek, CO19.6 mi.(771) 968-9501
Holiday Inn Express Cripple Creek601 E GalenaCripple Creek, CO22.1 mi.(719) 689-3234
Palace Hotel And Casino172 E Bennett AveCripple Creek, CO22.2 mi.(719) 689-2992
Cripple Creek MotelCripple Creek, CO22.3 mi.(719) 689-2491
Hotel ST Nicholas303 N 3RD StCripple Creek, CO22.3 mi.(719) 689-0856
Victor Hotel4TH And Victor AveVictor, CO25.4 mi.(719) 689-3553

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Weather & Climate

In the geographic center of Colorado,  the weather ranges from semi-arid to alpine mountain climate. The Rocky Mountains, for which the state is so famous, profoundly affects the climate of the region, with dramatic differences over short distances. Elevations range from 7,000 to 14,000 feet at the highest peaks. July daytime temperatures are in the 70s and 80s in the valleys but 50s and 60s higher in the mountains. Winters are very cold and high winds are commonplace on the mountain peaks. Thunderstorms are common in this area nearly every afternoon in the summertime. Snow and soft hail are another possibility anytime of the year. Heavy snows in the high mountains are common and avalanches pose a threat. Visitors should use caution when traveling to this region and bring warm clothing, no matter what time of year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F -1°F 0.32 in. -
February 35°F 1°F 0.29 in. -
March 42°F 13°F 0.81 in. -
April 49°F 22°F 0.95 in. -
May 59°F 31°F 1.40 in. -
June 70°F 39°F 1.32 in. -
July 75°F 45°F 2.29 in. -
August 73°F 44°F 2.50 in. -
September 66°F 36°F 1.08 in. -
October 56°F 25°F 0.74 in. -
November 41°F 13°F 0.49 in. -
December 32°F 1°F 0.39 in. -

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located about 33 miles west of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir in Buena Vista, Colorado, Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located approximately 39 miles southwest of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir in Salida, Colorado, the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located roughly 44 miles east of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and finally the Centennial airport (APA) located around 56 miles northeast of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir in Denver, Colorado.

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO29.5 mi.
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO59.2 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO62.8 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO62.8 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO73.8 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO69.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Stratton Golf ClubStrattonCO24.2 mi.
Shining Mountain Golf ClubWoodland ParkCO25.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO47.0 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO47.2 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO54.5 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO67.1 mi.
VailVailCO67.1 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO67.7 mi.
AspenAspenCO72.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO72.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO72.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO72.0 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO79.1 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO105.7 mi.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO25.2 mi.(History)
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO25.4 mi.(Art)
American Numismatic Association Money MuseumColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.(Technology)
Tesla Museum and LibraryColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.(Technology)
SpielArts. Figurative Fine Art & PrintsColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.(Art)
Colorado Springs MuseumColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.(History)
Edward J. Peterson Air and Space MuseumColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO38.1 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO62.8 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO67.8 mi.

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