Elkhead Reservoir, a 900 acre, man-made reservior located approximately 10 miles northeast of Craig, offers recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, jetskiing, skiing, picnicking, wildlif watching, hiking, camping, birdwatching, biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and more.
To get there:

From Craig, go seven miles east on Highway 40 turn left onto County Road 29. Reservoir is approximately 3 miles off County Road 29 and well-signed. From Steamboat Springs, go 34 miles west on Highway 40 and turn right on County Road #29.

Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoing & mountain biking:

Access to a reservoir loop trail is provided at the Elkhead landing/parking area, Greenwood's Cove, Cedar Bend and East Beach. The trail is open in the spring, summer and fall to all forms of non-motorized modes of travel.


All vessels using Elkhead Reservoir (excluding hand launch) MUST be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species prior to launching. To speed the process, please make sure that your vessel is clean, drained and dry. Boats using reservoir after dark will be required to be moored or docked until the next day. There are two boat ramps at the reservoir. Boat ramps are open daily from 6 a.m. to dusk.


Bank fishing is allowed at all public access sites. Use caution as conditions may change suddenly. Elkhead Reservoir is open to fishing and day use. Small mouth bass and trout are being restocked into the reservoir and Northern Pike are being relocated from the Yampa River into the reservoir. Valid Colorado fishing licenses are required. American Bass Anglers occasionally has tournaments at Elkhead Reservoir. The group usually gets 20 to 35 anglers for each event.

All recreational opportunities at Elkhead Reservoir are managed by Colorado State Parks.

(970) 276-2061

SteamboatRockAerial View of Elkhead Reservoir Fising on a boat at Elkhead Reservoir


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