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.
HOURS OF OPERATION: 2017 Hours
• 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!
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.**