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Green Mountain Reservoir Overlook
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Green Mountain Reservoir Overlook
Description - The Green Mountain Reservoir Recreation Area surrounds Green Mountain Reservoir, 15 miles north of Silverthorne. The reservoir is located on the Blue River at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Water surface for fishing is approximately 2,125 acres.


Attractions - There are seven campgrounds surrounding the reservoir, with varying levels of facilities. In general, the campgrounds are not highly developed. There is a boat ramp at McDonald Flats and a privately operated marina in the town of Heeney. There are numerous hiking trails in the area, mostly off the southwest side of the reservoir, leading up toward the Gore Range.

Recreation - The reservoir itself offers a full range of water activities including power boating, sail boarding, canoeing and fishing. The Blue River also provides excellent fishing. Primary sport fish available are brown trout, rainbow trout, and salmon. Campgrounds are closed in winter due to snow.

Climate - Green Mountain Reservoir lies at the lowest elevations of the Dillon Ranger District but is still at 8,000 feet. Vegetation in the area includes sagebrush meadows at lower elevations, aspen and lodgepole pine at intermediate elevations, Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir forests above about 10,000 feet and alpine tundra at the highest elevations.

At the lowest elevations, around Green Mountain Reservoir, summer high temperatures extend into the low 80s but evenings temperatures that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 35 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Much of the annual precipitation comes in the form of winter snow but afternoon summer thunderstorms are common.

Location - Green Mountain Reservoir lies between Silverthorne and Kremmling, on the Blue River, along Colorado Highway 9. To reach the reservoir from I-70 and Silverthorne, follow Highway 9 north about 15 miles.

Directions from Silverthorne: Follow Highway 9 north of Silverthorne 14 miles. Turn left onto FDR 30 to go around the west side of Green Mountain Reservoir or continue on Highway 9 to travel around the east side of the reservoir.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 38 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Go 14 miles north on Hwy. 9. Turn left onto FDR 30 to go around the west side of Green Mountain Reservoir or continue on Highway 9 to travel around the east side of the reservoir.

Directions from Vail: Travel 29 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Go 14 miles north on Hwy. 9. Turn left onto FDR 30 to go around the west side of Green Mountain Reservoir or continue on Highway 9 to travel around the east side of the reservoir.


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Filed By: Dustin Hardage (colorado springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Filed By: Kim Fenske (Copper Mountain, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Green Mountain Reservoir is surrounded by miles of relatively undeveloped campgrounds with dirt roads, pit toilets, fire rings, garbage dumpsters, and very spacious campsites. The daily fee is $5.00 for 2005, with a $25.00 season pass available, as reasonable as any in the country. The spring is an ideal time to visit. Last weekend, I found blooming nipple cacti, yellow buttercup, moss campion, mountain phlox, and Wyoming paintbrush. With close access to wilderness trails and a remote high desert "Leave-No-Trace" attitude, I recommend the following U.S. Forest Service managed campgrounds: Elliott, Willows, Cow Creek North, Cow Creek South, and Cataract.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Came here looking to do some fishing only to find out that the drought has taken a toll on our Colorado lakes and rivers. It was sad to see how low the water was. It looked more like a creek. Hope to get some rain or snow to Fill it back up.


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Green Mountain Marina, McDonald Flats Boat Ramp
Yes
ICON Sailing Green Mountain Reservoir
Yes
ICON Family Camping 7 area campgrounds
Yes
ICON Fishing Green Mountain Reservoir, Blue River
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Area trails
Yes
ICON Canoeing Green Mountain Reservoir
Yes
ICON Sail Boarding Green Mountain Reservoir
Yes


More Information

Contact Information:
US Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 River Parkway, P.O. Box 620 , Silverthorne, CO, 80498, Phone: 970-468-5400

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Dillon Area - Dillon is located in Summit County, Colorado. Dillon is approximately 70 miles west of Denver, just west of the Eisenhower Tunnel and the Continental Divide.
Dillon Ranger District - The Dillon Ranger District includes much of Summit County, Colorado; the area surrounding Silverthorne, Dillon, and Breckenridge. The district lies along the western side of the Continental Divide.

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