Lodgepole is one of 3 camp grounds in the Jefferson Lake Recreation Area. There are no hookups. This campground is very popular on the weekends. Reservations are essential for Friday & Saturday night. There is a 3 mile gravel road leading to the campground. It can be a little rough but good news for 2012 campers: the road was just graded. Most sites are shaded and large. There are vault toilets which are kept very clean. There are no showers, but showers are available in Fairplay near the Sinclair station. There is no dump station but you can dump at the Western Inn and RV Park in Fairplay. Fishing, hiking, and birdwatching are the main activities. There is Colorado Trail access next to Site #10. It is short easy hike on the Colorado Trail up the Jefferson Lake Campground. Don't miss the South Park City Museum in Fairplay. It is a real gem. Allow at least one and half hours to see it. Your dog may accompany you through out the exhibit. Senior citizens with Golden Age passport can camp for $7.50 a night. There is a host. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is of Lodgepole campground in the Jefferson Creek Recreation Area 3.5 mile from the small town of Jefferson. There is another NFS campground by the same name near Gunnison so don't get confused. Lodgepole is one of three campgrounds at at Jefferson Creek Rec Area. The other 2 are Aspen with 12 sites and Jefferson Creek with 17 sites. The are all very nice. I picked Lodgepole because it was larger and more private than the two IMO. My camp site didn't look like much from the road but when I walked back for about 200 feet I found my all time favorite tent site. Beautiful and very private! There are no hookups. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. All are shaded. And there is good spacing between most sites. There are no showers. Toilets are vault but are very clean. And there are plenty of them. The host was friendly and helpful. The 3 campgrounds fill up every weekend so you will need reservations. During the week you can probably get in with a RV under 35 feet or a tent. The 3.5 mile gravel road was very wash boarded. Hopefully it will be graded by next season. The section of the road up to Jefferson Lake is paved. despite what some guidebooks say none of the campgrounds are near the lake. The lake is about 500 feet above the campgrounds. Fishing and hiking are the main activities. Besides the lake there are beaver ponds and a fast running creek for fishing. Colorado Trail runs thru the recreation area. Trail head parking was not very convenient. For day hikes you can park in the picnic area. I plan to return next season with my trailer. We camped here in a Tent.