Summer Paddle Series #1: Crystal Creek Reservoir on Pikes Peak, Colorado

CRYSTAL CREEK RESERVOIR is a medium-sized lake with beautiful views. It is accessible from the Pikes Peak Toll Road. If you are looking for a mountain setting with fairly easy access, this lake is for you. *Wetsuit Required*

COST: $5 daily use fee or $100 annual permit

Mention you are using the North Slope Recreation Area. There is a higher fee to travel the entire Pikes Peak Highway!

Fee is $5 per person (16 years and older), children under 16 are free. Pay at Pikes Peak Highway Tollgate.


• May 1 (Opening Day) through Thursday before Memorial Day 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM

• Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day 7:30 AM — 7:00 PM

• Tuesday after Labor Day through Sept. 30 7:30 AM — 6:00 PM

• Oct. 1 through Oct. 15 (Closing Day) 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Colorado State Statutes — no person shall operate a personal watercraft between on half hour after sunset and one half hour before sunrise.

GOOD TO KNOW: 136 water surface acres. Non-motorized use only. Wetsuit required — requirement started in 2016, due to hypothermia risk. Visitor Center with toilet in parking lot. Elevation 9,230 feet above sea level.

DIRECTIONS: from Downtown Colorado Springs | 16.1 miles | 31 minute drive

• Take US-24 West (West Cimmaron Street)

• Turn left on the Pikes Peak Highway exit

• Follow the signs to the Pikes Peak Highway entry gate

• After Mile Marker 6, Crystal Creek Reservoir will be on your left

The Pikes Peak Highway is a true mountain road. Remember to down-shift into 1st gear to save your brakes!

For more information:

Crystal Creek Reservoir — Google Map Link

North Slope Recreation Area — Area Information

Pikes Peak — America’s Mountain

Green Mountain Falls Forecast — National Weather Service

Portions of this post were previously published in the book “SUP Colorado Springs”.

**I made point of using the right type of link so that Blue Peak Guides will get a credit if you end up buying the e-book. It is a nice and fully optional way to help out Blue Peak Guides, if you choose to do so.**

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