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Spinney Mountain State Park
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Spinney Mountain State Park
Description - Spinney Mountain State Park lies on the South Platte River northwest of Elevenmile State Park. It is located at an elevation of 8,686 feet in southern South Park. The park encompasses 3,400 acres with a 2,520 surface-acre lake. The area is a day-use only park, fishing and boating are not permitted between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise. The park is open from May 1 through November 15. Spinney Mountain Reservoir freezes during the winter months.

Facilities at Spinney Mountain State Park include two boat ramps one north of the dam and one south of the dam. Picnic areas line the eastern and southern shore of the reservoir.

Recreation - The fishing at Spinney Mountain is excellent. This park has built a reputation for cultivating trophy fish and has been designated as gold-medal waters. Some specific fishing regulations are in place at the park: anglers may keep one trout per day, and that trout must be at least 20 inches long; 20 pike may be caught per day with no size regulations in place; anglers are required to use artificial flies and lures.

Boating is also very popular at Spinney Mountain State Park. Boaters should be aware of gusty winds that often create waves up to five feet high. A waterfowl nesting area is located in the islands in the northwest corner of the lake. This areas off limits to boats. No water-contact sports are permitted in the reservoir. Windsurfing is allowed, but only if surfers are using a full wet or dry suit. Hunting of waterfowl and small game is permitted during regular hunting seasons.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Spinney Mountain State Park is located in southern South Park along the So

Directions - From Colorado Springs, take U.S. 24 west for 55 miles over Wilkerson Pass. Turn south on Park County Road 23 and drive 2.8 miles to County Road 59. Turn right and continue another 1.1 miles to the park entrance. uth Platte River.


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Filed By: Jeff Schweitzer (Salida, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Get to Spinney Reservoir early, as winds could knock you off lake, or force you around to South shore. North bays fishing REAL WELL with flies, 3-8 ft depth. Start w/ #16 p-tails, hares ears, callibaetis nymphs, and 20-16 blk or red zebra midge patterns; try dead drifting 4-10 ft down. As it warms up, start retrieving the flies- don't be afraid to really move them thru the water. When there is surface activity, keep yer flies fairly shallow. Soon there'll be damselflies moving about, and the fish like an even faster retrieve w/ buggers and damselfly nymphs to size 8, brown and green. See the guys at Chaparral Store, 719-836-0308. They really know the flies to use, and are Super Friendly- I always stop in for the latest news. Tell 'em Laughing Ladies Jeff sent ya'.

Filed By: tucker (colo springs, co)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The lake sucks,but the river below is great. Its hard not to catch a big fish there. I hate the lake hit the stream using spinners and rapalas

Filed By: Everette (Pueblo, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Opening Day 4-20-05. Windy, windy, and more wind! Nothing new for Spinney. Hand launch boats only. We had one of the few boats on the lake. Fishing was excellent. 28 fish, all trout (3 were Browns) 1 keeper, 15 were 18"to 19", No pike. People we spoke to on shore had a slow day.


More Information

Contact Information:
Spinney Mountain State Park c/o Eleven Mile State Park, 4229 County Road 92 , Lake George, CO, 80827, Phone: 719-748-3401
, eleven.mile.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Buena Vista Area - Founded in 1879 this silver-mining boom town is one of few communities in the region to survive and grow in the 20th century. Today Buena Vista attracts recreationists during every season of the year.
Colorado Springs Area - The Colorado Springs Area has several city, county and nationally maintained recreation sites. Within the city, visitors and locals will find many challenging hiking and biking trails. There are also opportunities for guided tours exploring the unique flora, fauna and geology of the region.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.

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Colorado State Parks - Official State Parks Website

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