Scouting Report – (CO-6) Spring Creek

Free Camping at Spring Creek in Colorado

Free Camping Near Green Mountain Reservoir

Free camping and fishing go hand in hand. Lake Heeney is home to some huge fish. Lake trout in the range of 35 + inches and in excess of 15 lbs have been harvested from this location. There is a large variety of spices in the lake and there are some generous bag limits in place at the writing of this article to help balance fish populations. You can get more information on that Here. While there are scores of rivers and streams that offer both fishing and free camping, finding free camping near large lakes can be more difficult, because they are prime camping locations. Consequently all of the sites that surround the lake are pay sites managed by the forest service. Unfortunately the Spring Creek campsite is not on the lake however it is reasonable close.

Spring Creek Area:

Spring Creek Information

Phone Number: (970) 945-2521

Elevation: 9,400

Lat/Long: 39.897711, -106.408402

Nearby Town: Kremmling, Co. @ 17 miles

Details:

  • No fees
  • No potable water
  • No trash
  • No restroom
  • Dispersed camping is allowed in this area refer to the appropriate map

Date of Report:

07/2018

Road Conditions:

Fair

The spring creek area is located at the end of a well maintained county dirt road. When you come to the sign for the BLM land, the road becomes a little rougher with a fair amount of washboard and some good size pot holes. For this reason, from the county road on it is in your best interest to take it easy and go slow paying attention to the road conditions.

The road leading to the first main set of sites is passable by passenger car, although low clearance vehicles should exercise caution on with dips and ruts. If you plan to explore the area more I would advise a higher clearance vehicle as the terrain becomes a little more rugged.  

General Site Information:

The first set of sites just after the Spring Creek sign are in two main clearings and are surrounded by large pines. The fairly level sites have stone fire rings, but are lacking in picnic tables or restrooms. Further down the road there are more campsites, however, the road gets a little rougher and a higher clearance vehicle will have less problems navigating the narrow dirt road. The sites farther off are set in the thick pine forest with a great deal of privacy. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the forest in relative solitude at this location, even though there is a fair amount of traffic in and out of the area. 

If you are looking to get onto the water during your mountain retreat, you will likely want to visit Heeney Lake about 12 miles away. Green Mountain reservoir is an amazingly beautiful place to drop your boat in the water and enjoy the surrounding beauty of the mountains. There are a few day use area operated by the forest service off of the lake to launch non-motorized non trailed boats, but if you are looking to launch a motorized boat you will need to go to the Heeney marina site in town.

Note: that there is no fee to launch your boat here, but there will be a parking fee. The other forest service sites on the lake either do not have boat ramps, or in a few cases do not allow you to launch a craft from their site. Finally if you are looking to launch a canoe or Kayak there are several other access points around the lake where you can launch with relative ease. Please make sure that you are following all applicable regulations for

mandatory boat inspection.

McDonald Flats Campground

Willows Campground

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • 30 minutes from Heeney lake (Green Mountain Reservoir).
  • Heeney lake has pay campsites on the reservoir and places to launch a boat. Power boats need to launch at the marina in Heeney.

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