Wanted to stay 3 nights, but with no reservations over a holiday weekend, we just changed plans to stay the 2 nights that were open. We got the best site!! All the sites are nearly on the reservoir or a bit higher on the hill but with an open view of the lake and mountains. The road and sites are gravel with only a bit of leveling required. The very helpful ranger pointed out our site which was a spacious back-in area with room enough to move our tow vehicle to the side. We could see the lake from our front windows and from our street-side windows we looked on the mountains and the lake. Opportunities to bring your equipment for skiing, boating, and fishing for rainbow trout or northern pike from a boat or from shore near the dam are available. We enjoyed watching the paddle boarders. Also inside the park, the blue ribbon trout waters flow from the dam and are fed from the bottom of the lake. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are into boating, swimming, and fishing, this park is OK. We are not, so just wanted to check it out on our way home. Dirt & rock sites with electric only. $17 with Aspen Leaf pass (senior). Restrooms average as we have found that boaters and swimmers tend to dirty up the restrooms. If not for the well used restrooms, I would have rated this much higher. Very nice location. Also, the park rangers and campground hosts seemed to ignore the fact that the site next to us was not occupied for camping (no camper of any sort in the campground site); used just for day use as there were in excess of 15 people and multiple cars coming and going all afternoon. The people were nice enough, just seemed that a day use area would have been more appropriate. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for four days (Monday-Thursday) and really enjoyed it. Not crowded through the week, which was very nice. Had a pull-through site that was very level and no one on either side of us. I can't remember the name of the loop we stayed in but it was at the marina with a nice beach for the kids and a volleyball net on the beach. Bathrooms were very clean. The view of the lake was very nice. We will definitely return. I would imagine it would be very crowded on the weekends as Steamboat is only 16 miles away...also a very nice spot to visit. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in the McKindley Loop which is primitive with no electricity or hookups. There are two other loops that do have electric. The setting was incredible. The McKindley loop is up on a bluff and has amazing views of the valley lake and mountains. They could use a dumpster on the loop and more showers. There are only two showers per sex at the marina building and cost $1 per 4 mins. The showers and bathrooms at the marina weren't as clean as we've seen at other parks but they were okay--the main reason they rated a 7. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful views and spaced out sites near the lake. Other sites are closer together. Swim beach was to far away from lake front sites. If you have a boat or other water toys, this is a good place. Fishing was so-so. My biggest problem, was the lack of shade. There are almost no trees. There are better choices around the Steamboat area. Although, it's one of the closest lakes to Steamboat, so makes a nice place if you want to spend time in Steamboat. We camped here in a Motorhome.