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General Information

Description - Shadow Mountain Dam and Reservoir, Colorado-Big Thompson Project, are on the Colorado River below its confluence with the Grand Lake outlet.

Attractions - Developments include 1 campground with 80 campsites and 2 boat-launch ramps. Good access exists. Total water surface available for recreation is approximately 1,346 surface acres.

Recreation - Primary recreational activities are camping, fishing, and power boating. Primary sport fish are brown trout, rainbow trout, and salmon. Facilities closed in winter due to ice and snow conditions.

Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightening is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.

Location - To reach Shadow Mountain lake travek north from Granby, Colorado on U.S. 34. A map is available above on this wildernet.com page.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Michelle Sanders (Aurora, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Too many people, the motels were extremely overpriced, we could hardly sleep on the springy matteress, and didn't catch any fish!

Filed By: Josh Kennedy (Northglenn, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The nicest thing about this campground is that there is a big field on one of the edges of the camp. We were stuck up there in the middle of a thunderstorm. The lightning was amazing and the thunder was insane. This area is very quiet and has some nice hiking trails near it.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: It was OK.


More Information

Contact Information:
Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101

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.
Sulphur Ranger District - The Sulphur Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Winter Park, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs and includes the Arapaho National Recreation Area.

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