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Steamboat-Lake is a picture postcard lake and state park, nestled at the base of Hahn's Peak in northern Colorado. The 2,557-acre State Park is situated in the mountains of the western Routt National Forest, where the focal point of the park is the 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake. The elevation of the lake is about 8,000 feet and the facilities of the State Park lie mostly on the northwestern shore of the lake. Steamboat Lake is actually a reservoir, created in 1967-68, and is one of three lakes in Colorado to carry a gold medal designation. Three campgrounds are located in the area, and there are three boat ramps on the lake, along with a swimming area and a full-service marina. Placer Cove is a day-use area on the Eastern Shore of the lake that has an interpretive trail, boat ramp and lake access. Fishing and boating on Steamboat Lake are premier, and swimming, water skiing and jet skiing are also popular. Ice fishing is possible on the lake in winter and cross country skiing and snowmobiling are available on 60 miles of pristine trails. Steamboat Lake is quite beautiful, ringed by lots of pine trees and with the mountains rising majestically behind it. The park is open year round, but the campgrounds are closed in winter. There are lots of old mining towns located around the base of Hahn's Peak, and other activities in the area include horseback riding and hiking, and picnicking at the Placer Cove, Tombstone Nature Trailhead, Sage Flats and Dutch Hill Marina areas.

Surrounding areas: Hahns Peak, Colorado (3.5 mi), Clark, Colorado (6.7 mi), Steamboat Springs, Colorado (22.7 mi), Yampa Valley, Colorado (25.6 mi), Hayden, Colorado (26.1 mi), Oak Creek, Colorado (36.1 mi), Lake Agnes, Colorado (36.2 mi)

Steamboat Lake Vacation Rentals

Steamboat Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fairfield Inn & Suites Steamboat Springs3200 S Lincoln AveSteamboat Springs, CO21.1 mi.(970) 870-9000
Holiday Inn3190 S LincolnSteamboat Springs, CO22.4 mi.(970) 879-2250
Hampton Inn & Suites Of Steamboat Springs Co725 S Linclon AveSteamboat Springs, CO22.7 mi.(970) 871-8900
Ski Trails Condominiums2320 Ski TRL LnSteamboat Springs, CO22.7 mi.(970) 879-7654
Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel And Conference Center2300 Mt Werner CirSteamboat Springs, CO22.7 mi.(877) 269-2628
The Meadows At Eagle Ridge2800 Eagle RDG DrSteamboat Springs, CO22.7 mi.(970) 879-0720
Iron Horse Inn333 S Lincoln AveSteamboat Springs, CO22.8 mi.(970) 879-6505
Rabbit Ears Motel201 Lincoln AveSteamboat Springs, CO23.0 mi.(970) 879-1150
The Phoenix2315 Apres Ski WaySteamboat Springs, CO25.1 mi.(970) 879-4445
Comfort Inn Of Steamboat Springs1055 Walton Creek RdSteamboat Springs, CO25.2 mi.(970) 879-6669
Sub Alpine Condominiums3070 Columbine DrSteamboat Springs, CO25.4 mi.(970) 879-7654
North Star Condominiums2250 Columbine DrSteamboat Springs, CO25.6 mi.(970) 879-7654
Bed & Breakfast
The Clermont Inn Bed And Breakfast917 Lincoln AveSteamboat Springs, CO22.5 mi.(970) 879-3083
The Inn At Steamboat Bed And BreakfastSteamboat Springs, CO22.7 mi.(970) 879-2600

Steamboat Lake Weather & Climate

The extreme northwest corner of Colorado has a rugged topography, which causes large variations in climate within short distances. At mountain summits, temperatures remain low, averaging less than 32 degrees F. Snow-covered mountain peaks have frigid nighttime temps, occasionally as low as 50 degrees F. below zero. Summer in this region is mild and refreshing. The average temperature in summer is around 60 degrees F. Precipitation west of the Continental Divide is more evenly distributed throughout the year than in the eastern plains. For most of western Colorado, winter is the wettest season and June is the driest month. When there is sudden warming in the spring at the higher elevations, snow melt may cause extensive flooding.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 0°F 2.58 in. -
February 33°F 4°F 2.15 in. -
March 42°F 15°F 2.04 in. -
April 53°F 23°F 2.31 in. -
May 64°F 31°F 2.31 in. -
June 75°F 36°F 1.43 in. -
July 82°F 41°F 1.46 in. -
August 80°F 40°F 1.46 in. -
September 72°F 32°F 1.72 in. -
October 59°F 23°F 1.92 in. -
November 40°F 13°F 2.35 in. -
December 28°F 2°F 2.37 in. -

Steamboat Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Yampa Valley airport (HDN) located about 25 miles southwest of Steamboat Lake in Hayden, Colorado, Shively Field (SAA) located approximately 45 miles north of Steamboat Lake in Saratoga, Wyoming, Rawlins Municipal Harvey Field (RWL) located roughly 70 miles north of Steamboat Lake in Rawlins, Wyoming, and finally the Laramie Regional airport (LAR) located around 75 miles east of Steamboat Lake in Laramie, Wyoming.

Steamboat Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
HaymakerSteamboat SpringsCO23.0 mi.
Steamboat Golf ClubSteamboat SpringsCO23.0 mi.
Ski Areas
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO22.7 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO34.3 mi.
Snowy RangeLaramieWY79.7 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO85.8 mi.
VailVailCO85.8 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO88.3 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO88.9 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO100.7 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO103.2 mi.
AspenAspenCO111.3 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO111.3 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO111.3 mi.
TiehackAspenCO111.3 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO112.6 mi.
State Parks
Steamboat Lake State ParkCO0.6 mi. 
Pearl Lake State ParkCO4.4 mi. 

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