- The focal attraction of Crawford State Park is the 397 surface-acred lake. Facilities line the lake on the northern, eastern and western shores. The northern shore provides access to a day-use area with several picnic sites and a beach. Goodwin Cove day-use Area lies on the western shore of the lake and includes shore-fishing access, picnic tables, pit toilets and the Indian Fire Nature Trail. The eastern shore of Crawford Lake supports the overnight-use areas of the park. These areas include 53 modern campsites with electrical hookups, parking pads, showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, water hydrants and grills. A boat ramp, swimming area and dump station are also located on the eastern shore of Crawford Reservoir.
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Crawford State Park
Recreation - Fishing is the main reason people visit Crawford State Park. The lake is stocked with perch, bass, catfish and trout. Boating, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, hiking, camping and picnicking can also be enjoyed by visitors to this state park. Hunters use the camping facilities of the park as a base for big game hunting during the autumn months. Ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing may be enjoyed by visitors in the winter months.
Climate - Crawford State Park lies at an elevation of 6,600 feet on the western side of Colorado's western slope. The regions mild spring, summer and fall temperatures make it perfect for growing fruit and vegetables. This region also gets more moisture, as the clouds pile up against the West Elk Mountains, than the Grand Valley to the west, which makes it good for agricultural pursuits. Temperatures in the summer average from highs in the upper 80s to lows in the 50s. Winter can be harsh, but it doesn't last as long as in the high country. Like the rest of Colorado, storms pass through the area bringing low temperatures and leaving snow. Sunny days are the norm for the entire state and Crawford is no exception.
The park lies immediately west of the West Elk Wilderness about a mile south of the ranching and agricultural town of Crawford. The reservoir is fed by the waters of the Smith Fork River, Iron Creek, Clear Fork Creek and Muddy Creek.